Dan Gaspar

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Dan Gaspar
Iran vs. Montenegro 2014-05-26 (012).jpg
Gaspar in 2014 with Iran
Personal information
Full name Daniel Gaspar
Date of birth (1955-08-27) August 27, 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth South Glastonbury, CT, United States
Teams managed
Years Team
1992–1993 Portugal U-16 (goalkeeping coach)
1992–1993 Portugal U-18 (goalkeeping coach)
1995 Sporting CP (goalkeeping coach)
1996 Nagoya Grampus (Assistant coach and goalkeeping coach)
1996 NY/NJ MetroStars (Assistant coach and goalkeeping coach)
1999 Central Connecticut State University (Associate head coach)
2001 South Africa (goalkeeping technical consultant)
2000–2002 Connecticut Wolves (Men's Soccer coach)
2002–2003 Portugal (goalkeeping coach)
2003–2004 S.L. Benfica (goalkeeping coach)
2004–2005 F.C. Porto (goalkeeping coach)
2005–2010 Hartford Hawks (Men's Soccer coach)
2009–2010 Portugal (Technical staff and goalkeeping coach)
2011–2017 Iran (Assistant coach and goalkeeping coach)

Daniel "Dan" Gaspar (born August 27, 1955 in South Glastonbury, CT) is a Portuguese-American football and goalkeeping coach who is an assistant coach for Carlos Queiroz's Iran team. He is a long-time assistant and consultant to Queiroz with whom he co-authored Project 2010 for the USSF in 1998, with the goal to create a blueprint for long-term improvements in US soccer.

Gaspar worked as a technical assistant and also a goalkeeping assistant coach for the Portuguese men's and youth national football teams and for the South African men's national team. He also worked as the goalkeeping coach for Sporting CP, S.L. Benfica and F.C. Porto in Portugal, and he was the assistant coach of J League Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.

Gaspar was the head coach of University of Hartford men's soccer team between 2005 and 2010. He resigned in March 2011.[1] He played as a goalkeeper when he was a business management college student at the University of Hartford. He was also the associate head coach of Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team.

Gaspar was the head coach of A-League Connecticut Wolves, the assistant coach of the NY/NJ MetroStars and he was also the associate head coach of Central Connecticut State University men's team. He also founded the Star Goalkeeper Academy in 1995, and he took over the Connecticut Soccer School in 2004 with the aim of bringing his international coaching expertise to the youth level.

International career[edit]

Gaspar pursued his passion for goalkeeping as a club and national team goalkeeping coach in Portugal. Since 1993, Gaspar has worked with Carlos Queiroz as a goalkeeping coach, technical adviser, and assistant coach for several club and national team coaching assignments. These included the Portuguese men's national team in 1994, and from 2009 to 2010, the Portuguese U16 and U18 men's and women's youth teams from 1992 to 1993, and the South African men's national football team in 2001, as well as Sporting CP, J League Nagoya Grampus Eight, and the NY/NJ MetroStars. In 2003 Gaspar worked with Luiz Felipe Scolari as the goalkeeping coach for the Portuguese men's national football team and also with José Antonio Camacho as the goalkeeping coach at S.L. Benfica, between 2003 and 2004.[2]

On April 4, 2011, Gaspar became the assistant and goalkeeping coach for Iran's national team, alongside head coach Carlos Queiroz and assistant coach Omid Namazi. On June 18, 2013, Iran qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup months later.[3]


  1. ^ "Dan Gaspar Steps Down as Hartford's Men's Soccer Coach". University of Hartford.
  2. ^ http://goalkeepermagazine.com/interviews/interview-dan-gaspar/
  3. ^ "Asian Cup 2015 (Qs) MD5: Lebanon 1-4 Iran". AFC. November 20, 2013. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014.