I threw up the Lindenwood Lions press release on social media last night once I saw it but this one is worth immortalizing on this website as well. Dave Musso has accepted the Head Coach position for the Lindenwood Lions women’s soccer program after 12 years at Quincy University.
First hired at Quincy by Athletic Director Pat Atwell, who went on to hire Truman State alums Alf Bilbao and Ryan Swan to head the soccer teams at Drury (Swan is now at Northern Illinois), Musso is returning to the site of his first professional coaching gig. Atwell hired him after only two years as an assistant coach at Lindenwood, one with the men and the second with the women’s team. He worked for Laurie Kaminski during that season, who recently resigned after 13 years as the Head Coach. Their friendship was easily visible on his trips to St. Louis, whether playing or recruiting. It’s the one downside to his move.
The Quincy Herald-Whig features the Quincy athletic program consistently, and well, and Matt Schuckham captured this quote in his Musso resigns story
“I called my best friend, Kevin Vaninger, and the first thing I said to him was, ‘Twelve years and I’m coming home,” Musso said. “And he was so pumped. It’s things like that which made me know this was the right decision. I’m excited to touch base and build those relationships back up again.
“That’s my life. That’s where I grew up.”
Kevin and Dave were teammates at Quincy, after being competitors at CBC and DeSmet respectively. Jeff Vaninger, Kevin’s younger brother, has been Kaminski’s assistant coach for six years and I suspect will continue in that role. Like his brother, he is an alum of both the CBC and Quincy soccer programs.
The most important part for me is Musso’s record of reaching the NCAA tournament – 10 times during his 12-year tenure, while also capturing four Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season titles, and two GLVC tournament championships.
A couple of final comments. One, another reminder for kids in the middle of the recruiting cycle that things change. Musso is leaving a number of heart-broken women behind at Quincy, players that like me thought he’d never leave as tied as he was to the program. Secondly, Musso is the guy that first reached out when I left Springfield to return to St. Louis back in 2011. As an early supporter of my work at SGFsoccer.com, we met as I covered Drury and the GLVC, he let me know that he thought St. Louis would benefit from a similar site. I obviously took his advice to heart after talking to a few other individuals. Thanks to Dave for the push and congratulations.
I made a point of covering his Hawk’s when they visited St. Louis because of his commitment to recruiting from this area and those stories always attract a large number of views for the same reason. I’m looking forward to chronicling his efforts at Lindenwood.
Congrats to my good friend @dmusso4 and his new journey. I can hear all the @GLVCsports coaches breathing a sigh of relief. Huge heart of gold & has always taken care of my kids. A pillar of Heart. Hustle. Humility.
— danny graville (@dannygraville) December 19, 2017
I am extremely excited to start this next chapter of my life/career with the Lindenwood Lions! It’s a true blessing to be able to continue to do what I love in my hometown. Thank you for welcoming me to your LU Family. 5% 🦁⚽️ https://t.co/xuYoDrggLd
— Dave Musso (@dmusso4) December 18, 2017