“You’re only as good as the people you work for, and the head coach at Old Dominion, Alan Dawson that I coached with at Methodist College was a big influence on me when I started coaching in 1995,” he added. “Then I went to UNC-Chapel Hill with Elmar Bolowich, who went on to win a national championship and earn national coach of the year for Division I, so I learned a lot. And then of course Brett Teach, my biggest mentor — I was his assistant for three years and he was national coach of the year too. So, when you win an award like that you pay your respect to the players because it’s a team game, but also the coaches that you worked for in the past.”
The elite-level coaching has paid off for the Bulldogs soccer program, as the men and women earned numerous conference and regional honors following their record breaking season that saw the men finish with a 13-5 overall record, while the women were 6-12-2.
Sophomore Tomide Adabale, who earned the school’s first all-region award in his first year, snagged a spot on the All-South Region Second Team for his performance in the fall.
“I think Tomide kind of got us on the map,” Daser said. “I think Rene was the first one to make All-Conference, but it’s nice to see a kid make first team All-Conference and then also be a region All-American. He’s a local kid from Atlanta that’s scored lots of goals — I think 36 goals in two years — and there’s a lot of college coaches after him at four-year schools. He’s set the standard.”
Adding to the list of awards the soccer teams received were numerous All-Conference selections.