For DASC 10 year anniversary we'll be sharing 10 stories to remember what pillars built DASC, the memories from before the unification, during and after merging the Sioux Falls soccer entities.
Over the years there have been many families who have multiple generations of soccer players. We have countless families where the parents played soccer as kids, and now are teaching their children how to play. There are so many multi-generation soccer families, that it is impossible to focus on all of them. Instead, we have chosen to pick out a few families from 1 specific team who played in the late 80's-early 90's.
The Dakota Gold Panthers were one of the first South Dakota Teams to compete in Regionals. They had a lot of success and sent several players to play college soccer.
The Panthers team contained 4 ladies who now have daughers following in their footsteps:
Nicole (Vandenbos) Hurt, who now has daughters Ava (U11) and Ellie (U15) playing for DASC. Nicole is also now an assistant coach with the U11 Girls.
Nicole (Dysart) Zacher, who now has a daughter Tyreese (U15) playing for DASC. Nicole is the treasurer for the U15 Girls, and has also been the assistant coach at O'Gorman HS.
Trecia (Jensen) Gulseth, who now has a daughter Torre (U14) and a son Tripp (U11) playing for DASC. Trecia is also an assistant coach with the U11 Boys, and the manager for the U14 Girls.
Angie Nearman, who now has a daugher Harper (U19) and son Tryg (U13) playing for DASC. Angie has been an assistant at USF and Roosevelt HS.
I spoke to some of the former Panthers to see how they felt about having daughters playing at the club they represented. I also asked them about the changes they have seen from their playing days at Dakota Gold to now at Dakota Alliance.
When we talked about the changes that the club has undergone, Nicole Zacher commented, "It’s no longer a kick and run. The fundamentals are taught early and the footwork these kids have is far above what we ever learned. The game is much faster. Kids are more skilled technically and they understand the game a lot better."
Nicole Hurt saw a clear turning point in the club's history saying, "Hiring Daniel (Ohayon) was definitely the most impactful event for the club. He helped to teach the importance of educated coaches and brought a new style of soccer and energy to the city."
Quality coaching was a common theme in discussions, as Trecia stated, "Not only have the coaches played the game, but they are educated in the fundamentals, skill sets, and game awareness."
I asked whether they took a lot of pride in seeing their daughters play for DASC having been at Dakota Gold in the past. Trecia gave an answer that expresses the feelings of a lot of our members, "I take pride in my children following in my footsteps within DASC because the program starts with individual skill and development. Every kid is given an opportunity to succeed. But it is more than soccer, it is a source of friendships that last forever! Most teams are composed of kids from multiple school districts, which allows an opportunity for friendships that is unique."
This was echoed by Nicole Zacher when I asked her about pride in seeing her daughter Ty play. She said, "Absolutely! Especially since Ty plays the position I used to play. She is a much better player than I ever was."
The pride in the club was shown by all of the people I spoke to. There was definitely a #morethanaclub theme. Nicole Hurt stated, " The support and opportunities the club provides for not only the players, but the coaches, office staff and parents. DASC is more than just a collection of teams, it is a community offering love and support for each other. DASC is truly #morethanaclub."
In addition, Nicole Zacher stated when discussing DASC, "It’s more then just a club. It’s about community. I have meet some great people and built friendships that I hope to last forever. Not only for me but for my daughter as well. Many memories so far and many more to come."
Over the course of doing research for this, it became very clear that while Dakota Alliance is a soccer club, the community and friendships created by being part of DASC makes it #morethanaclub.
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