Dewan Bader

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Dewan Bader
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-04-08) April 8, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Washington, D.C., United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1989–1992 North Carolina State
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Raleigh Flyers
1994–1996 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 60 (7)
1995 Richmond Kickers 1 (0)
1996 Wilmington Hammerheads
1996–1999 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 104 (21)
1999 Lehigh Valley Steam 15 (0)
1999–2000 Detroit Rockers (indoor) 44 (11)
2000 Connecticut Wolves 6 (1)
2000–2001 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 23 (4)
2001–2004 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 99 (11)
National team
2000 United States Futsal
Teams managed
Johns Hopkins University (assistant)
2010– North Carolina FC (assistant)
2008–2014 Carolina RailHawks U23s
2016– North Carolina FC U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dewan Bader (born April 8, 1971 in Washington, D.C.) is a retired U.S. soccer defender who is currently the head coach of North Carolina FC U23 of the fourth division Premier Development League, and the assistant coach of North Carolina FC of the North American Soccer League. He had an extensive indoor and outdoor career, winning three indoor and one outdoor championships.


Bader grew up in Rockville, Maryland, where his early high school years were spent at Woodward High School. When it closed after his sophomore season, he moved to Walter Johnson High School where he was an All State and Parade Magazine High School All American his senior season. When it came time to select a college, he decided on North Carolina State University.[1] He played for the Wolfpack from 1989 to 1992.


In 1993, Bader turned professional with the expansion Raleigh Flyers of the USISL. He spent two seasons with the Flyers, then began alternating between indoor and outdoor soccer when he signed with the Cleveland Crunch of the National Professional Soccer League in the fall of 1994. He played the 1994–1995 and 1995–1996 indoor seasons with the Crunch. In 1996, Bader and his teammates with the Crunch won the NPSL championship. In the summer of 1995, Bader moved outdoors with the Richmond Kickers where he won the double as the Kickers took the league and 1995 U.S. Open Cup titles. In the summer of 1996, he played for the expansion Wilmington Hammerheads of the USISL. In February 1995, Bader had signed a two-year contract extension with the Crunch. However, on September 20, 1996, the Crunch sent Bader to the Harrisburg Heat for a first-round draft pick and future considerations.[2] He spent the next three indoor season with the Heat before returning to the outdoor game in 1999 with the Lehigh Valley Steam in the USL A-League. On October 8, 1999, the Harrisburg Heat traded Bader to the Detroit Rockers for future considerations.[3] In 2000, he played the summer season with the Connecticut Wolves of the USL A-League.[4] He then moved to the Buffalo Blizzard for the 2000–2001 season before moving to the Baltimore Blast in 2001. The Blast won the 2003 Major Indoor Soccer League championship. On July 23, 2003, the St. Louis Steamers selected Bader in the 2003 MISL Expansion Draft.[5] A month later, the Steamers sent Bader back to the Blast as part of a three team transaction.[6] Bader then finished his career in Baltimore, winning one more championship before retiring in 2004.


In 2000, Bader played for the United States national futsal team.[7]


Over his playing career, Bader frequently coached youth soccer as a means of supplementing the income from his playing. At some point, he was an assistant with the Johns Hopkins University soccer team. After retiring in 2004, Bader began coaching full-time with the Triangle Futbol Club.[8] On January 25, 2008, Carolina RailHawks named Bader as the head coach of Cary RailHawks U23's.[9] The following season, he was head coach for Cary Clarets of the Premier Development League.[10]

Bader is currently the head coach of the Triangle Futbol Club's 1993 and 1994 Navy Men's teams and, since 2010, assistant coach for Carolina RailHawks.


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