Detroit To Hand Danny Dichio Head Coach Role
Toronto FC icon Danny Dichio is set for his first professional head coach role – something he’s had to bide his time for.
Having assisted with the likes of Sacramento Republic, the Canadian national team, and Toronto FC at the first team and USL levels (along with coaching their U-18 team), he’s finally set to test his mettle as the gaffer of USL Championship side Detroit City FC.
The hiring, as first reported by The Detroit News, comes after the former TFC striker helped Sacramento reach playoffs in both of his seasons on the coaching staff, with this year seeing them finish first in the west with a playoff run all the way to the western conference final. They also went deep in the US Open Cup last year, knocking out three MLS sides before bowing out in the final against Orlando City.
“We came to California with great intentions, we had great success in the past two seasons, and we met some great people along the way,” Dichio posted on Instagram yesterday. “Thank you Sacramento Republic FC. We made great memories together.”
Holding his UEFA A license, it’s no secret that Dichio has long been searching for a head coach position to call his own: he’d gotten a sniff from Toronto FC prior to their hiring of Chris Armas, but that was as close as he’d previously gotten until now.
Dichio’s coaching career began at TFC about a year after that through a short stint as assistant coach to Nick Dasovic, though the arrival of Aron Winter saw him shuffled around to be the coach of the TFC Academy U-18 side. He would later evolve to be an assistant coach with TFC2, and even joined the Canadian national team coaching staff for a stint under John Herdman.
With no lead role coming through TFC, however, Dichio ventured south of the border for an opportunity with the Sacramento Republic, where he joined his former English Championship teammate Mark Briggs.
Now landing in Detroit, Dichio will have his work cut out for him: the club finished eighth in the Eastern Conference this season, getting knocked out in the second round of playoffs. They’re still relative newcomers to professional football, too: before 2022, they played in both the NPSL and NISA since 2012, where players like Shawn-Claud Lawson proved change-makers.
It might also lend a tip to one of the markets that former Vancouver FC history-maker Shaan Hundal is looking at, as the two have remained close since their days working together in the TFC Academy. It’s also where former Whitecaps and Valour FC man Brett Levis landed following a midseason trade this year.
Detroit City FC had announced on Tuesday that head coach Trevor James, who had held the post since 2019, would be moved to the role of sporting director, with Dichio new evidently set to become their second-ever gaffer in their USL Championship era.
Header Image Photo Credit: Sacramento Republic FC