|Title:||Director of Operations|
|College:||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute '89|
|Position:||Director of Soccer Operations|
Donald Dione returns to the Quinnipiac women’s soccer staff for his fourth season in 2012; this year as the director of soccer operations. Dione comes to Quinnipiac with 17 years of coaching experience and 19 years of managerial experience in medical research.
In 2010, Dione completed his Master’s Degree Mentorship with the women’s team under the guidance of head coach Dave Clarke. Dione’s duties included generation of advanced scouting reports, game analysis, and assistance with operations.
Prior to working with the Bobcats, Dione was the head coach for the East Haven High School’s girls’ varsity soccer team from 2001 to 2009. While at East Haven, Dione was the winningest coach in the program’s history, as he guided the team to three state tournament appearances. He played a critical role in the team’s fundraising efforts as well. Additionally, Dione has worked as a head coach at South Central Premier since 2003.
In addition to years of coaching experience, Dione holds an USSF National “C” License from the United States Soccer Federation and an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA.
Dione recently opened HappyFeet of South Central CT, which is a mobile soccer clinic for preschool children. Before starting HappyFeet, he was the manager of the Nuclear Cardiology Research Laboratory and then the Yale Translational Research Imaging Center at Yale University, School of Medicine. He also is the founder and president of Ultrasound Detection Systems, LLC.
Dione graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1989, where he was a member of the men’s soccer team for 4 years. He received his Master’s in Sports Science, with an emphasis in coaching, from the United States Sports Academy in 2011. In addition to his responsibilities with the women’s soccer team, he has initiated several research projects with Drs. Juan Garbalosa, Thomas Martin, and David Wallace to study ACL injury prevention utilizing Quinnipiac’s Motion Analysis Laboratory.
He currently lives in Deep River, CT with his wife Donna and their twins, Donnie and Dakota.