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 every team, 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). Doran is only player to play for every professional indoor soccer team in St. Louis.
His 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 ranks second to Keith Tozer in NPSL coaching wins with 166.
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 returns to coaching for 2013-14 as the Head Coach for the Ambush. It will be his 12th season coaching a St. Louis professional indoor soccer team.
Jeff Dimaria — Player/Assistant Coach
LEFT: DiMaria during his collegiate career with the SLU Billikens.