Dave Dir comes to the Vikings with an extensive soccer background in club management, coaching and player development.
Most recently, Dave served as the Executive Director for the largest youth soccer club in Colorado, the Colorado Storm. He also served as the Executive Director for ASG Futbol Club in Dallas for over 10 years after serving with ASG previously as a coaching Director and Technical Director.
One of the original MLS head coaches, Dave Dir led the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) from 1996-2001, where he won the 1997 U.S. Open Cup and coached over 200 games in the league and is still ranked in the top 10 in all time wins. He was the longest serving of all the MLS coaches who started in 1996, the league’s inaugural season. After leaving Dallas, Dir was an Assistant Coach for the U.S. U-20 National Team from 2002-2011, helping in the development of many MLS and United States National Team players. He also served as the Chief Scout for Vancouver Whitecaps in 2011 and 2012 and as an Assistant Coach and Head of Scouting for the Colorado Rapids from 2012-2014.
You might recognize Dave from an extensive broadcasting career on ESPN where he co-hosted the World Cup Tonight show for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and did over 10 years of color commentary for Major League Soccer broadcasts in multiple markets.
Dir started his professional coaching career having been the head coach of the Colorado Foxes in the American Professional Soccer League from 1991-1994, where he won a championship each of his seasons with the team. He was also the men’s soccer Head Coach at Regis University from 1990-1991.
Originally from the Chicago area, Dir played goalkeeper at Western Illinois University and for the Chicago Sting of the NASL and Colorado Comets of the USISL. In the two years leading up to the inception of MLS, Dir was the first employee of the league and was the Director of Player Development, assembling the player pool for the teams that began play in 1996. Dave lives with his wife of 32 years, Cindy, and their three dogs, Bali, CoCo, and Monkey.