Head coach: Dan Panaro (first year as head coach, second on staff, third with club)
Dan Panaro returns to the club in his third role, now head coach after spending 2021 as an assistant coach on Frank Butcher’s staff and 2010 as the starting goalkeeper for our inaugural season.
Dan is a graduate of Kenmore West High School and Canisius College, where he played two seasons after starring at Erie Community College.
He’d sign on to Jim Hesch’s squad for FC Buffalo’s first season in 2010, where he’d keep four clean sheets. That figure still ranks second in club history for men, and Dan was named a National Premier Soccer League All-Star for his work between the sticks.
Dan is set to begin his fifth season as an assistant to Dan Dolan on the Daemen College women’s program and he’s also a club coach for Empire Buffalo Stallions.
Assistant coach: Donny George (first year)
A native of Ipswich, England, Donny served as a women’s assistant at Daemen College and was the women’s head coach at Erie Community College before moving to Monteagle Ridge to become an assistant for Niagara University’s women’s program.
He was previously a grad assistant for the men’s program at his alma mater, Baker University, where he play defender and earned degrees in biology and sports management.
2021-present: Dan Panaro, assisted by Donny George
2021: Ryan “Ozzy” Osborne, assisted by Ross Stewart and Donny George
2017-2021: Frank Butcher, assisted by Averick Parker (2020-21), Dan Panaro (2021), Casey Derkacz (2017-19), John Grabowski (2017-19)
2013-16: Brendan Murphy, assisted by Bob Roach
2011-12: Dan Krzyzanowicz
2010: Jim Hesch