STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE
Under the observation of technical directors Mark Watson, Ian Russell and Chris Leitch, the Quakes Academy the San Jose Earthquakes have assembled a top-notch coaching staff. To contact the Earthquakes Academy, please email Director Fred Wilson.
Technical Advisor to the Youth Academy
Troy Dayak joins the San Jose Earthquakes Youth Academy coaching staff after an extensive career playing and coaching for teams in the Bay Area.
Dayak’s playing career lasted 16 years, including eight seasons as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes franchise. “The Beast” originally started his career as a member of the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks in 1989. In 1991, the Blackhawks won the American Professional League Soccer championship, and Dayak was named a first team All Star.
Dayak spent three seasons playing indoor soccer, before being selected by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the Inaugural MLS Draft. Dayak was then traded to the San Jose Clash, where he spent three seasons. After struggling through various injuries, Dayak returned to the Quakes in 2001, spending five more seasons with the team, and helping the team to two MLS Cup victories in 2001 and 2003. Dayak was also named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2001. Dayak represented the United States National Team nine times.
After his retirement from playing in 2005, Dayak has continued as a mainstay in the Bay Area soccer community. He spent three seasons as the head coach of the California Cougars indoor soccer team and was the Technical Director of the Livermore Youth Soccer League.Aside from his work with the Earthquakes Youth Academy, Dayak is also the Director of Coaching for the West Coast Soccer Club.
He holds his USSF National “A” Coaching License and has an NSCAA Director of Coaching Certification and is currently pursuing a Master's Certification from the NSCAA. Dayak also served as a color commentator for CSN Bay Area’s broadcasts of the San Jose Earthquakes.
Head Coach, U-16s and U-18s
Marquis White joins the San Jose Earthquakes Youth Academy coaching staff after a successful career in both the playing and coaching fields.
White began his coaching career at the high school level, starting in 1997 as San Ramon High School J.V. coach. White then moved on to become the Varsity coach at De La Salle High School from 2000-2002, and the Varsity coach at Liberty High School from 2005 until the present.
From 2002-2005, White also served as a coach on the men’s soccer team at St. Mary’s College.
White has also spent time as a trainer for the Westminster Soccer Club in Colorado (1998-1999), a coach in the Mustang Soccer League (2000-2001) and as a trainer/coach for the Diablo Valley Soccer Club (2001-2006).
As a player, White played with NEC in Holland (1993), the Santa Cruz Destroyers in Bolivia (1995), the San Francisco Seals of the A-League (1997-1998), and the New England Revolution (1996) and Colorado Rapids (1998-2000) in the MLS.
White received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1992, and a teaching credential from St. Mary’s College in 2001.
Assistant Coach, U-16s and U-18s
Stephen joins the San Jose Earthquakes Youth Academy coaching staff following three years with the Houston Dynamo as a player.
Stephen is the brother of current Quakes standout Chris Wondolowski. The duo played with the Dynamo from 2007 to 2009. Stephen originally signed a developmental contract in 2007 after graduating from UC Santa Cruz.
A four-year starter for the Banana Slugs, Stephen helped lead UC Santa Cruz to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2004 finals against Messiah College.
Stephen earned NCAA Division III Final Four All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore and was selected to the NCAA D-III All-Independent Team three straight times from 2004 to 2006.
Four games into his senior season, Stephen moved to forward and responded with 17 goals the rest of the year. He was rewarded with the D-III All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year award.