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Kerem Daser enters his tenth season as the Georgia State Panthers head coach. In his ten-year tenure as head coach at Georgia State, Daser has coached coached four teams ranked in the top 10 in the South Region and one in the North Atlantic Region, and has won a conference regular season championship and also has won a conference tournament championship. During his total 12 years as a Panther, Daser has been with teams that have claimed three wins over Top 25 ranked squads. He has built a strong alumni support group to help the future growth of soccer at Georgia State.
In 2005, the squad fell one victory short of qualifying for post season play in their first year in the Colonial Athletic Association. Only six schools qualify for the CAA Soccer Championships. The team placed eighth in the league with a 4-7 conference record and 6-12 overall. State needed to win its last three games, all at home, but dropped the middle game 1-0 to Delaware.
In the 2008 season, the team had its most successful season in the colonial conference. The team finished 6-8-4 and had 4-2-2 home record.
The Atlantic Sun Conference 6-3 record in 2004 was the best since the 2000 mark of 6-2 and marked a fifth consecutive winning record in conference play. The team has been ranked in the top 10 in the South region four out of the last six years. Daser also guided the Panthers to a conference title in 2000 by winning the Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament, their first title since 1997. Daser produced consecutive winning seasons along with the 2003 year for the first time since 1987-88.
In 2000, Daser led the Panthers to a 12-9 overall record and a 6-2 record in the TAAC (now the Atlantic Sun). The team posted two shutouts during the TAAC Tournament and lost in a heartbreaking NCAA Play-In Tournament Match against Rhode Island, falling 4-3 in overtime. Coach Daser was named 2000 TAAC Coach of the Year. In 2001, he led the team to a 9-7 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the A-Sun after the Panthers upset No. 6 Clemson in a match at the beginning of the season that earned Georgia State its first national ranking ever. This ranking rose to as high as No. 15 in the Soccer America poll. In 2002, Daser led the team to its third straight winning conference record. Daser was also instrumental in the Panthers' last championship, working as an assistant coach on the 1997 TAAC championship team.
Prior to coming to Georgia State, Daser worked as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina (1996-97) and for a year at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C. (1995-96). At UNC, he worked with current Major League Soccer players Carey Talley (Kansas City Wizards), Eddie Robinson (San Jose Earthquakes), who is now on the U.S. National Team, and former MLS players Tim Schaydak and Temoc Suarez, as well as seven players who participated on United States national youth teams. At Methodist, he helped the Monarchs to a 17-0 regular season mark and a 21-1 record following the NCAA tournament. Three players at Methodist were named All-America and six signed professional contracts.
Daser has also been very active in the development of youth soccer in the South. He served as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Eagles YMCA Soccer Club in Alpharetta, Ga. (1999-2002) and was the technical director for the Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club (2002-2009). Currently the boys academy director for the GFC Soccer Club. In the summer of 2006, the Forsyth Fusion U18 team qualified for regional play and the Forsyth Fusion U14 team was a Georgia Cup finalist. The Forsyth Fusion Youth Under17 team won the Georgia State Youth Championship and qualified for regionals during the 2005 summer. In the spring of 2004, the Fusion club had two teams advance to the state semifinals and one team went on to the final. The U-16 Fusion team won the prestigious Long Island Showcase in summer of 2003. With the Eagles, the club won five state championships, two regional titles, a Tampa Sun Bowl Crown, and qualified twice for the USYSA national finals. Jack Mcinnery, Domenic Bonilla, and Kyle Helton went on to make the USA National Youth teams. Mcinnery is currently the leader scorer for the U.S. National youth team and will be competing in the World Cup. Kyle Helton is currently playing professional in the A-League for the Austin Aztec. In the spring of 2002, the Brazilian Futbol Federation invited Daser to conduct a technical report for the U-17 International Mini World Cup. Daser has gone on to coach symposiums in Italy in 2000 (AC Milan, Inter Milan, Torino) and Brazil in 2001 (Vasco Da Gama, Flamingo, Fluimense).
In 1999, Daser was named to the Region III coaching staff and has worked as an assistant coach with the '83, '84, and '85 teams. In April 2000, he was the assistant coach of the '84 regional team that competed in an international youth tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. After the Mexico trip, goalkeeper Ford Williams became a member of the U.S. National youth '84 team. In April 2001, Daser coached the Georgia '85/'86 ODP team in an international festival in Paris, France. He led the Georgia '85 team to the regional semifinals in May 2002, as three players were named to the regional team. Daser worked with many regional players who went on to the MLS including Ricardo Clark who plays for the Houston Dynamo. Clark is a starter for the U.S. National team.
In the summer of 2002, he worked on the regional coaching staff with the '87 age group. In June 2002, he coached the Georgia amateur team in Dallas at the South Regional final where the squad was undefeated and had two players selected for the U.S. Amateur National team. In the summer of 2003, he coached the Georgia State Amateur Select team at regionals that had a record six players named to the regional team and four were named to the national pool. Summer 2004, he coached the Georgia Amateur team at the Regional competition in Alabama. The team beat Florida and North Texas but lost in the Regional Final to South Texas, 3-2. In the spring of 2008 he was named South Regional Amateur Coach.
Five players from the Georgia team were invited to the U.S. National Amateur Camp and four players made the U.S. National Team, including former Georgia State Panther, Terrance Johnson. From 1992-97, he served as North Carolina ODP coach, traveling with the team to Paris, with the '79 (N.C.) ODP squad. Several of Daser's ODP players have gone on to play professionally, including Caleb Norkus who plays for the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division Carolina Railhawks. Norkus was a member of the N.C. ODP U-15 team that Daser coached in 1996. He went on to start for the U.S. U-17 World Cup squad. Josh Villalobos, another Daser protégé, played for the U-17 U.S. National team and was on the N.C. ODP '83 squad. Daser coached Philip Long and Ryan Solle on the N.C. ODP '83 team. Both players were drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS) and Solle currently plays for the Carolina Railhawks (A League). Coach Karem coached three players on the NC ODP '81 team that went on to play in the MLS. Logan Pause played for the Chicago Fire and currently on the U.S. national team, Matt Crawford (Colorado Rapids 2003-2007), David Testo played for the Columbus Crew and presently plays for the Montreal Impact.
Daser coached Warren Ukah, Zack Kirby, Jonathan Leathers, Benji Page, Grant Guthrie and Tomac Charowski from the Georgia ODP '85 team. Ukah played professionally for the USL First Division Atlanta Silverbacks, Kirby, who was drafted into the MLS, plays for the Miami FC, and Charowski went on to play for the U-20 Canadian National team. Benji Page and Andrew Alexander play professionally for the Charlotte Eagles. Grant Guthrie played professionally in Trinidad & Tobago. Jonathan Leathers played on the US National U-23 team and plays for the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS. Daser also worked with Blake Camp (Atlanta Silverbacks) and Keith Wiggins (Charleston Battery) as youth players at the RYSA Sporting FC soccer club. Filipe Chillemi from the Georgia ODP '82 team went on be the captain of the U.S. youth 17 national team.
Coach Daser has also coached Georgia State University players who have gone on to play professionally- Walter Valesky (Wilmington Hammerheads), Scott Mora (Greenville Lions), Chris Mahaffey (Atlanta Silverbacks), and Armin Marquez (Aragua FC- Venezuelan First Division).
In his 16 year ODP experience with North Carolina and Georgia ODP (1992-2009), he won two regional championships with the 1997 '83 NC ODP and the 2000 '85 ODP team. November 2004 he worked as an assistant with the Georgia '89 ODP team that beat the U-16 Mexican National Team. In December of 2007, he was a guest assistant coach with the Turkish National Youth Team that competed against Brazil, USA, and Russia.
In 2006, Daser worked with the Georgia ODP '90 team that was undefeated in Mississippi. Six players were selected to the regional team. Eddy Gonzalez and Taylor White were invited to the US Soccer Residency Program. Gonzalez and Doudou Toure are now playing professionally in Mexico. Taylor White played for the U.S. youth national team. Warren Creavalle plays for the U.S. national U-20 team. He holds his USSF "A" license and has his NSCAA National and NSCAA Advance National Diplomas.
During the summer of 2008, Daser worked with the Georgia ODP 95 team where seven players from the Georgia team were invited to the U-14 U.S. National Camp. Jacob Smith and Jonathan Scherzer both made the U.S. national under 14 team.
Prior to coaching, Daser played at Greensboro College and then went on to graduate from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in psychology (1995). He was also a member of the North Carolina state championship Raleigh United club in 1997 and played for the IFC Greensboro Dynamos that won the national indoor (ISISL) championship in 1992 and were a USASA national finalist. He was captain of the Greensboro Dynamo U23 team that was coached by former Los Angeles Galaxy General Manager Doug Hamilton and played alongside U.S. national team member Eddie Pope.
Daser continues to play on amateur teams in the Atlanta area. In 2000, he played for the Melchester amateur team that won the Georgia state championship. In 2001 he played for the Atlanta Silverbacks amateur team that won the 2001 Georgia state championship. He also played on the Over-30 Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team in 2003. From 2004 to 2006, he played with the Atlanta Silverbacks amateur team and in 2007 was with the Majestic Fusion ADASL Division I Team. Daser presently plays for the ADSL first division Neusoft soccer team. Daser also volunteers his time with the Special Olympics and Soccer in the Streets youth program.