Nov. 29, 2011
Providence College men's soccer Head Coach Chaka Daley was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame. Since 1978, the New England Soccer Hall of Fame has recognized the region's best players, coaches, referees, executives and builders. Daley, who has played at the collegiate and professional level, recently completed his 12th season as head coach at Providence College.
"I am very honored to be inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame," Daley said. "I have been fortunate to play on every level, and equally fortunate to have coached on every youth level leading up to my experiences as a coach at Providence College. Since my arrival in New England as a student-athlete at Providence College, I have been surrounded by outstanding leaders and administrators, many high level coaching colleagues including all my staff members, outstanding student-athletes, and some great soccer mentors that have all assisted in shaping the direction of the Providence College men's soccer program, which is what I will always be assessed on, and what I am most proud of professionally."
In 12 years at Providence College, Daley has led the Friars to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two straight years. During the last two seasons, the Friars have hosted an NCAA Tournament First Round match for the first and second time in school history. Providence has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round three times, the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals four times and the BIG EAST Finals once under Daley's guidance. In addition, Daley's teams have posted a 72-47-21 record over the last seven seasons, the second longest stretch of consecutive winning campaigns in Providence College history. The run of consecutive winning seasons began in 2005 as he led the Friars to their first NCAA Tournament since 1983. For his efforts, he was named NSCAA Division I New England Coach of the Year.
"Initially, my coaching career was met with many learning experiences, but I have grown from every one of them," Daley added. "I have learned to handle adversity and appreciate success, to challenge others while enjoying the process, and to allow this great profession to enlighten my life, and hopefully others. I hope to continue to honor Providence College by producing teams and young men that we can all be proud of, as we attempt to create history and reach new heights within the athletic department."
Daley, a 1996 graduate of Providence College, began his playing career with the Friars as a defender. He played his second and third seasons at the forward position before being shifted to defense again as a senior. Throughout his career, Daley recorded nine goals and six assists in 69 games. Besides being credited with helping turn around the Friar program as an assistant coach, Daley earned four varsity letters while playing for the black and white. He is one of the top players to ever play at Providence.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Daley played professional soccer after graduating from Providence. On June 14, 1999, he signed with the New England Revolution, becoming the first former Friar to play in the MLS. Prior to signing with the Revolution, Daley played for the Revolution's A-League affiliate, the Boston Bulldogs. He also spent one season with the Rhode Island Stingrays of the USL from 1996-97.
Daley, his wife, Heather, son, Donovan, and daughter, Savanah reside in East Providence, R.I.