Dustin is a Seattle native, who grew up playing his youth soccer in Shoreline and graduating from Shorecrest High School. During his high school years, he played with the Washington State powerhouse club team, "Allemania" who had two state titles and 4 top 3 finishes. After High School Dustin attended Linfield College, where he was a 4-year starter and played center back for one of the top five Defenses in the nation. His team made a final four appearance in 2000, with a record of 21-1-1 and a National Ranking of #3. He has been involved in competitive soccer for more than 25 years.
Dustin began coaching soccer at an early age and found a passion for teaching the game he loved to the younger generations. When he graduated college with his Physical Education degree and a minor in Exercise Science, he began coaching full time. During the two years he spent with FC Alliance in Bothell, he acquired his National USSF "D" coaching license and coached a boys U-12 and U-13 P3 premier team. The next step in his coach development took him south to coach with Oregon Soccer Academy (OSA) in Portland where he coached a boys U11 select team.
In January 2006, Dustin and his wife moved to Costa Rica to explore the world and learn a little bit of Spanish. It was not long before he found himself back on the soccer field where he played a two seasons with Deportivo Cartagena, en "La Segunda". His team reached the finals three consecutive seasons, but were unable to win the championship thus preventing the team to move up into the top professional division. After his playing days were done, he started to coach the local kids in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The first year with the team was very informal; he found a local sponsor and played local teams in the area. He continued his project, determined to make a true "futbol club" and began a non-profit sports association to cement his team’s value and future in the country. The third year of the program he had 2 teams playing for the national youth league of Costa Rica and many local and international sponsors. This was an invaluable experience for Dustin, seeing and experiencing the passion these kids shared truly taught him the true meaning of "love of the game".