Don D'Ambra

Don D'Ambra (born May 5, 1972 in Philadelphia) is a retired American soccer forward who currently coaches the Saint Joseph's University men's soccer team.

Don D'Ambra
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-05-05) May 5, 1972
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Saint Joseph's Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 79 (71)
1995 Chicago Stingers
1996–2007 Philadelphia Kixx (indoor) 436 (385)
1997–1998 Hershey Wildcats 51 (19)
2009–2010 Philadelphia Kixx (indoor) 9 (8)
National team
2003–2007 U.S. Futsal
Teams managed
2002–2010 Philadelphia Kixx (indoor)
2010– Saint Joseph's University
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player

Youth

D'Ambra graduated from Northeast Catholic High School. He then attended Saint Joseph's University, playing soccer there from 1990 to 1994. He scored 41 goals and 102 points during his career, setting school records in both categories. He additionally holds school records for goals in a season with 15, and points in a season with 38. He is the only player from Saint Joseph's ever to be named Atlantic 10 player of the year.

Professional

He began his professional career with the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League in 1994. He was a 1994–1995 All Rookie forward.[1] In 1995, D'Ambra spent the outdoor season with the Chicago Stingers of the USISL.[2] In 1995, he left the Wave for the Philadelphia KiXX' inaugural season. From 1996 to 2002, he was solely a player for the Kixx, but from 2002–2010, he assumed a head coaching role as well. He currently holds all time club records for games played (436), points (1020), goals (380), and game winning goals (42). He has reached the 100 point plateau three different seasons, including a career high in 1997–1998. In 1997 and 1998, D'Ambra played for the Hershey Wildcats in the USISL A-League. He also returned during the 2009–2010 indoor season to play nine games for the KiXX.

Futsal

In 2003, D'Ambra joined the United States national futsal team and continued to play for it through the 2008 Pan American Games.[3]

Coach

On October 24, 2002, he was appointed interim head coach of the Philadelphia Kixx from the Major Indoor Soccer League. On December 3, he was officially named the club's third head coach, succeeding Omid Namazi. From 2002 to 2010, he served as a player-coach for the squad, amassing a club record 111 wins. He led the 2007 squad to an MISL championship. On April 15, 2010, he was named head men's soccer coach at Saint Joseph's University.

References

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