Eastern Illinois: Assistant Coaches


DINO RASO:  With the ending of the 2009 season, Dino Raso completed his fifth year as an assistant coach on Adam Howarth's staff.  Raso played at Eastern under coach Cizo Mosina form 1988-91 and was a teammate of Howarth's.

After earning both a Bachelors degree and MBA from Eastern, he returned to his native Canada and played in the Premier Division of the Ontario Soccer League.  He was also an amateur coach in Ontario from 1995-2000, compiling a 75-9-2 record, before returning to the States and joining the Barry University (Fla.) coaching staff in 2002.

From 2002-04 Barry went 40-13-4 and was always ranked among the NCAA Division II Top 20.  The Bucs won the Sunshine State Conference in 2002 and finished second in 2003 and 2004, making two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. 

Raso earned Masters degrees in Sports Management (2003) and Higher Education Administration (2005) during his time at Barry. Along with his assistant coach duties, he also worked in the athletics compliance office, Career and Counseling Center, and Recreation and Wellness Center.

Since returning to Charleston, the program has enjoyed its greatest level of success of the Missouri Valley Conference era (1996-present). The Panthers have qualified for the MVC Tournament each of his first four years as an assistant coach, highlighted by semifinal berths in 2006 and 2007. Eastern posted a combined 23 victories during those memorable seasons, recording the program’s first consecutive double-figure win campaigns since 1988-89 – Raso’s underclassman seasons as a student-athlete.

He holds a US Soccer National "A" Licence and a Level 1 NSCAA Goalkeepers Licence.