Dade joins JU after spending his last three years as the Executive Director/Director of Coaching for the Birmingham United Soccer Association, where he coached and administered both the U.S. Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League teams.
Dade will replace Deb Cox on the staff who is taking time off from coaching to be with her newborn child, Reisa.
“I’m excited to have Eric join our staff,” said Copham. “He brings a great deal of coaching experience and I look forward to him working with us. Eric has coached at the top level on the national boys and girls club side so he has not only coached some of the highest level players but he has been an important part of their development.”
With the Birmingham United Soccer Association, Dade handled everything from budgeting to website development. Under his leadership, BUSA won over 30 AYSA State Cup Championships, finished third at the 2009 National Championship Series and placed over 200 players in college programs.
Dade is currently the director and head coach of the Birmingham United USSF Development Academy where he oversees scheduling, recruiting and on and off the field player development. The academy has qualified for the USSF Development Academy Playoff every season under Dade and has received high grades from US Soccer regarding the program.
“I’m very excited to join Brian and help continue with JU’s success from the past few years,” said Dade. “This program has a very strong base and I’m looking forward to being a part of this school.”
During a spell in Texas, Dade coached the Dallas Sting and the Texas Longhorns Soccer club teams with the Sting winning multiple national championships. He was also an assistant coach for the U-18 boys national team under head coach Bob Jenkins.
As a player, Dade received his degree from VCU and was inducted into its hall of fame in 2000. Dade played soccer professionally for nine years with the Dallas Sidekicks, Baltimore Blast and the Dallas Burn.
Dade and his wife, Angelique, have two children, Cameron (10) and Chase (4).