The Dallas Burn announced today that John Trask has been named as Assistant Coach. Trask, 38, spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as Assistant Coach with DC United.
"I've known John for four or five years through various camps and MLS combines," said Burn Head Coach Colin Clarke. "John's got a great deal of experience and obviously is very familiar with the league. He's very straight-forward in his methods and in dealing with players. We're lucky to have found someone with that level of experience and he will be a positive addition to the staff."
Prior to joining United, Trask spent two years as Assistant Coach with the Miami Fusion. During his tenure in Miami, the club advanced to the U.S. Open Cup finals in 2000 and won the MLS Supporter's Shield in 2001.
"I'm very excited to join the Dallas Burn organization," said Trask. "I look forward to the challenge that lay ahead of me as well as the opportunity to work closely with this group of young and talented players. I would like to thank Colin Clarke, Greg Elliott and the Hunt Sports Group for providing me this great opportunity."
Before joining the Fusion, Trask spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he helped guide Jerry Yeagley's Hoosiers to the NCAA Championship in 1998 and 1999 and five trips to the NCAA Final Four (1992, '94, '97, '98 and '99). Trask played a role in developing numerous All-American and current MLS players, including Chris Klein and Nick Garcia of the Kansas City Wizards. Prior to joining the coaching staff, Trask played as a midfielder for the Hoosiers from 1984-87.
Upon completion of his bachelor's degree in SPEA Management, Trask worked extensively with youth soccer in Indiana and gained head coaching experience at Bloomington High School and as Indiana's Men's State Coach, which won the National 'A' Championship in 1995. Trask went on to complete a master's degree in sport management and marketing from Indiana University in 1993.