Dan Gaspar joins the coaching staff as the goalkeeper coach in 2019. He comes to Wesleyan with a wealth of coaching experience, most recently serving as an assistant coach for the Iran National team under head coach Carlos Queiroz from 2011-2018
Gaspar began his coaching career in the states in 1999 as the associate head coach at Central Connecticut State University, before becoming the head coach of the Connecticut Wolves from 2000-2002. During his time with the Connecticut Wolves, he coached Wesleyan head coach Geoff Wheeler. Following this, Gaspar coached internationally, including stints with FC Porto, SL Benfica, the Portugal National Team and the South African National Team. In 2005, he came back to the states to become the head coach of the University of Hartford’s men’s soccer program for five seasons.
In 1995, he founded the Star Goalkeeper Academy, he co-authored Project 2010 for the USSF with the goal to create a blueprint for long-term improvements in U.S. soccer in 1998, and he took over the Connecticut Soccer School in 2004.
Over the course of his career, Gaspar has been inducted into four different Hall of Fames, won the Portuguese Government Sports Medal of Highest Recognition for FC Porto for the 2004 World Cup Championship, and was awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award by the Connecticut Soccer Association in 1991.
Gaspar holds a USSF A License, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USYSA National Youth License.