DOC South Region
Holds a USSF National D-License
Has a COERVER 1 & COERVER 2 License
Coaches ’04 Boys, ’05 Boys and ’99 Boys Teams
DJ was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in North Dakota and moved to Texas in 1986. At 3 years old, DJ started his soccer development in North Dakota. After his family moved to Texas, DJ played club soccer starting at the age of 12. His high school soccer career was at Arlington Sam Houston, and he took part in the ODP program. From there he went to Oklahoma Christian University on a soccer scholarship where he graduated with a B.A. in History.
In 2002, DJ started his high school coaching career. His list is very impressive. He spent his first five years coaching in East Texas at Mabank High School (1 year) and at Athens High School (4 years) before relocating his family back to the DFW area. Since being back in the area, he has coached at Mansfield Timberview High School (5 years), Irving Macarthur High School (1 year) followed by Midlothian High School (3 years), which led to DJ’s current coaching position at Grapevine High School. In his first year, DJ has led his Varsity Soccer team to a playoff run. In his 15-year high school career, he has received district coach of the year awards (2007, 2012), Regional Coach of the Year (2012), East Texas Coach of the Year 2007. His teams have made multiple playoff appearances (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017) as well as earned district championships(2005, 2006). DJ also has served on the TASCO (Texas Association of Soccer Coaches) Board of Directors from 2012-2015. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for TASCO as Treasurer.
DJ has been with NTX Celtic FC for 1 year. He is the Director of the South. Prior to NTX Celtic, DJ coached for 6 years with the Texas Lightning Soccer Club.
Mission Statement: “The secret of success is the consistency of purpose.” – Benjamin Desrali
"I try to create an environment that fosters creativity and passion - one in which players feel safe to take risks and make mistakes and learn from them. I have been blessed to be involved in soccer for the majority of my life and am grateful for the ability to work with today’s young people."