Jan. 17, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt announced on Monday afternoon that John Trask, an assistant coach with Major League Soccer club FC Dallas and a former assistant at national powerhouse Indiana, has been named head men's soccer coach.
"After a very extensive national search, John Trask emerged as a perfect fit for UIC," Schmidt said. "The combination of his Major League Soccer experience and working at one of the best collegiate programs in the country was attractive.
"He has great Midwest and national connections," Schmidt continued. "John will have an immediate impact in the Horizon League and move us towards our goal of being in NCAA Tournament play on a consistent basis."
Trask comes to UIC after spending the last five years as a professional coach in MLS, serving most recently as an assistant coach for FC Dallas, formerly the Dallas Burn.
Prior to landing in Dallas, Trask spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the top assistant with D.C. United. He got his start in MLS as an assistant the Miami Fusion in 2000, where he was selected to the 2001 MLS Eastern Conference All-Star coaching staff.
"I am extremely pleased to have this opportunity with the University of Illinois at Chicago," said Trask, who was born in Chicago and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. "I am looking forward to returning to college soccer and the city of Chicago.
"I want to thank Jim Schmidt for the opportunity," Trask continued. "I can't wait to meet with the players and begin building for the future."
Coaching at the collegiate level is nothing new for Trask, who spent ten years as an assistant under the legendary Jerry Yeagley at Indiana.
During his tenure with the Hoosiers, Indiana captured eight Big Ten titles, reached the NCAA College Cup five times (1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999) and won back-to-back National Championships in 1998 and 1999.
Trask was a major name among the Midwest prep ranks while at Indiana. He served as the men's state senior coach for the Indiana State Soccer Association from 1992-1995, followed by a five-year reign as the state director of coaching for the ISSA. Trask also directed the Indiana Soccer Camp for 11 years and developed the John Trask Total Soccer Camp that ran for 12 years.
Trask learned the fundamentals of coaching at the Division I level from Yeagley, the all-time winningest coach in collegiate soccer history, who retired after the 2003 season with 544 victories.
Trask was a four-year letterwinner for the Hoosiers from 1984-1987, playing midfielder for the 1984 College Cup team and two NCAA Regional Finalists.
Trask graduated from Indiana with a bachelor of science degree in management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also earned a master's degree in kinesiology while serving as a graduate assistant coach with the Hoosiers.
John Trask's Coaching Career
Year(s) Title/Team Record/Postseason 2004 Assistant Coach, Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 10-14-6 2003 Assistant Coach, D.C. United 10-11-9 2002 Assistant Coach, D.C. United 9-14-5 2001 Assistant Coach, Miami Fusion 16-5-5/MLS Semifinals 2000 Assistant Coach, Miami Fusion 12-15-5 1999 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 21-3-0/NCAA Champions 1998 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 23-2-0/NCAA Champions 1997 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 23-1-0/NCAA College Cup 1996 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 15-3-3/NCAA Quarterfinals 1995 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 14-5-2/NCAA Regional Finals 1994 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 23-3-0/NCAA College Cup 1993 Assistant Coach, Indiana University 17-3-1/NCAA Regional Finals 1992 Graduate Assistant, Indiana University 14-6-4/NCAA Quarterfinals 1991 Graduate Assistant, Indiana University 19-3-2/NCAA College Cup
John Trask helped Indiana to two NCAA titles as an assistant for the Hoosiers.