DiBernado’s Daughter Follows his Footsteps

Posted: March 9, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Soccer

In 1991, Angelo DiBernado was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.  He won soccer letters in 1976, 1977 and 1978, all in while helping lead the Hoosiers into NCAA championship game in both ’76 and ’78. He won the Hermann Award in 1977 and 1978, symbolizing top player in the country.  Not to mention, he is one of IU’s all-time leading scorers.

DiBernado went on to play as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1980 and 1934.  He was a member of the National Team from 1979 to 1985.  He played professionally for the New York Cosmos and L.A. Aztecs.  DiBernado was also selected to the Soccer America College Team of the Centuary.


Since retiring from playing, DiBernardo became a Spanish teacher and soccer coach at Wabonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois beginning in 1991.  He also founded the Americas Soccer Club with Rudy Keller, who had played with DiBernardo in their youth club days.

DiBernado’s daughter, Vanessa DiBernado, is continuing a family tradition that began over thirty years ago right here in Indiana.  iBernardo’s daughter Vanessa was a member of the US Women’s Under-20 National Team that won the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan in 2012.  Vanessa continues to play for the University of Illinois women’s soccer team.

Like all of her teammates, DiBernado intertwines natural talent (runs in the genes) along with hard work and dedication.

She gives much gratitude to her father.


“He’s the most important role model in my career,” said DiBernardo. “He’s been my coach ever since I was little and he’s the reason why I play soccer. He has certainly set a high bar with soccer success and I want to follow him if I can.”

She added,

“Not a lot of girls get to play in a World Cup at any level, so this opportunity is special,” said DiBernardo. “But considering that my dad played in the Olympics and now 28 years later I am getting to represent my country and follow in his footsteps, that’s something I’ll always cherish.”


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