Group F Goalkeeper Coaches
Bosnia Herzegovina – Tomislav Piplica
Iran – Dan Gaspar
Dan Gaspar is an American soccer and goalkeeping coach who is currently 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 2011. 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 and an assistant coach of the NY/NJ MetroStars. 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.
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.
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.