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Former UCLA Soccer Player and Assistant Coach Died

Bumped. Prayers of Bruins Nation go out to the Vanole family. GO BRUINS- - N

It is with much saddness that I have to report that Dave Vanole, former UCLA soccer player and assistant coach, died Monday on a ski trip in Utah of an apparent heart attack.  He was 43.  Dave was the goalie for the 1985 NCAA championship team and was goalkeeper's coach on the 1997 NCAA men's championship team.  He was also played on the U.S. National team from 1986-1990 and was the backup goalie for the 1990 U.S. World Cup team.  Dave had just married his wife Kerry in July 2005 and had left his job with the MLS's New England Revolution and moved to New York to be with his wife.  He leaves behind his mother, three sisters, and a brother.  His death comes less than three months after his father passed away of a heart attack.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave several times when I worked in the athletic department as a student.  He and his fellow assistant at the time Paul Krumpe (now the head coach at LMU) always had smiles on their faces and kind words to anyone they came across during the day.  This is a sad loss for the UCLA and soccer communities.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  A foundation will also be set up in Dave's name with the proceeds going to a general soccer scholarship fund.

LINK to Daily Breeze story.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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