Daryl Doran — Head Coach
For many St. Louis soccer fans, Daryl Doran is indoor soccer.
St. Louis has had an eventful and colorful history in professional indoor soccer and Doran has been a part of that history for over 30 years. He has played for five different St. Louis franchises, coached two of them, and led one of them to the city’s only league championship to date.
A native St. Louisan, Doran attended Christian Brothers College High School (1977-1980) where he was a four-year letterman on the school’s soccer team, finishing his career with 35 goals and 31 assists.
Drafted by the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League while he was in high school, he declined the offer, and instead graduated and matriculated at St. Louis University. The Steamers drafted Doran again during his freshman year of college. This time, he left college and turned professional.
Doran played as a midfielder with the Steamers from 1982 to 1988. With no professional team in St. Louis, Doran moved to the Los Angeles Lazers (MISL) for the 1988-1989 season. However, the Lazers closed down at the end of the season and Doran moved back to St. Louis to sign with the expansion St. Louis Storm. When the Storm shut down at the end of the 1991-1992 season, Doran jumped to the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), and signed with the St. Louis Ambush. He spent the next seven seasons with the Ambush as a midfielder and defender, where he was a six-time All-Star, twice a first-team All-NPSL player, and 1997′s Defender of the Year. In 1999, Doran surprised St. Louis soccer fans when he left the Ambush for the resurrected St. Louis Steamers, who were then an expansion club in the World Indoor Soccer League (WISL). In 2008 Doran signed with the St. Louis Illusion of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL).
Daryl’s 827 career games are the most of any player in American professional indoor soccer history. During that career, he made an impressive 13 All-Star Game appearances.
Doran’s coaching career began in 1992, with the original St. Louis Ambush. The 1994-95 Ambush won the NPSL championship and Doran was named league Coach of the Year.
Doran coached the St. Louis Steamers from 2000-2005. In April 2006, the Steamers retired his jersey number, only the second to be retired. Beginning with the 2005-06 season, Doran moved to the front office as the Steamers’ Vice President of Corporate Sales and Alumni Relations. He is the owner and Athletic Trainer of Doran Fitness Center in O’Fallon, MO.
Doran returned to coaching for the 2013-14 inaugural season of the Ambush. The 2015-16 season is Doran’s 14th season coaching a St. Louis professional indoor soccer team.
Joe Smugala – Assistant Coach
The 2015-16 season is Joe Smugala’s third as Assistant Coach of the Ambush. He joined the club during the 2013-14 inaugural season and has several years of professional indoor experience as both a player and a coach. He played for the St. Louis Steamers from 2000 to 2003 and was Assistant Coach under Daryl Doran for the Steamers from 2003-2005.
Smugala was Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer Program at Forest Park Community College from 2005 to 2007 and was Head Coach of Forest Park’s Men’s Soccer Program from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, Joe was the assistant to Pat McBride at Forest Park for the Men’s Soccer Program from 1995 to 2005.
Joe was the President of Giuliani soccer club from 2004-2007. He was the Boys Director of Elite St. Louis Futbol Club from 2008-2010. Smugala is also the co-founder of Smugala’s Pizza Pub since 1989, co-founder of Smugala’s Pizza Express since 2014 and is married to Kerri Mastrantuono Smugala and the proud father of Sarah, Joe and Olivia and the proud grandfather of Landen Michael!