DINO DELEVSKI NAMED ECLIPSE SELECT BOYS’ DIRECTOR
Former two-time MISL MVP has served integral youth coaching role in Chicagoland area since 2009
CHICAGO (April 10, 2017) – Eclipse Select Soccer Club welcomes a new addition to the club family. Eclipse Select President Rory Dames has named Dino Delevski the Eclipse Select Boys’ Director, and he will begin this role starting in August.
Delevski has had a tremendous impact in the sport as a longtime professional player and as a budding youth coach since 2009, having served an integral role as the Chicago Inferno’s technical director.
“We are excited to bring in Dino Delevski who has had a significant influence in Chicagoland youth soccer,” Dames said. “As we looked ahead to the 2017-18 calendar season, we knew it was crucial to hire someone who has a proven track record not just in developing youth players as a whole, but someone who can also expand our presence in developing elite players on the boys’ side. Dino fits that mold, and his coaching and playing philosophies mirror what the Eclipse Select organization stands for. We look forward to his addition and the level of possibilities moving forward through his impact.”
“I’m entering with a name brand that is well established and stands for something great, and I’m joining a group of staff who have already proven to be successful,” Delevski said. “The people I’m going to be surrounded by, the resources of the club and the establishment of the organization … I feel that I’m joining the club at a great time, and I’m really excited about entering this new venture.”
The 40-year-old Delevski enjoyed a decade-long professional career as a striker, earning MISL MVP two times (2002, 2003) while playing for the Kansas City Comets. Delevski began coaching in 2009 at the youth level, while also serving as head coach of a Premier Development League team and assisting for the Major Arena Soccer League’s Chicago Mustangs for the past two seasons.
Delevski’s possession-oriented approach as a coach and previously as a player is a primary facet of the foundation he wants to build toward the boys’ pool of players at Eclipse Select.
“I enjoy the possession type of game,” Delevski said. “Coming to Eclipse, I want to establish this on the boys’ side and create a certain image that not only includes strong teams but also builds and contributes toward the culture already created on the girls’ side. When people talk about the teams and their success, they also talk about the quality of the performance, and that has always been my main focus.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with some very talented players in the past, and I’m confident that with my arrival at Eclipse and the outlets we create in regards to the competition opportunities and platforms, we are going to attract strong talent and earn that success.”
Born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, Delevski spent his youth and collegiate career in Oklahoma City. He was an All-State player at Capitol Hill High School and went on to play for the NAIA’s Oklahoma City College. In 1999, Delevski was named a Second Team NAIA All-American. He began his professional career with the now-defunct National Professional Soccer League and the Wichita Wings.
Delevski spent a good portion of his pro career with the Kansas City Comets from 2001-05, but he has represented a number of clubs over the years. Delevski was with the Milwaukee Wave on two occasions, playing for the outdoor side Milwaukee Wave United (2003) and the Wave indoor team (2009). Delevski also played briefly for the Rockford Rampage during the 2008-09 National Indoor Soccer League season.