Dante was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and has long been developing his coaching abilities and collecting many titles over the past 20 years. In his early years of soccer Dante enjoyed much success as a key player with teams like Gorge FC of the VISL and Victoria United FC of the PCSL and went on to coach both those teams to several championships. He was honoured as the top coach in British Columbia by the BC Soccer Association in 2002 and feels his success is due to his passion and love for the game.
In the summer of 2014 Zanatta earned his National ‘A’ Coaching License from the Canadian Soccer Association. The 'A' Licenese is the highest available in Canada. NEWS RELEASE
Starting in 2008 Dante was a full time staff coach with the British Columbia Soccer Association where he has been the manager of District Development Centres and Grassroots in the Province, as well as a staff coach with the CSA National Training Centre West. He currently is the technical director for Kelowna United FC after his appointment to that role in February of 2011. NEWS RELEASE
In 2015/16, Dante's fifth season as head coach of the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team, he finished in 5th in the Pacific Division of Canada West with a (3-5-4) record narrowly missing the post season.
In his first year (2014/15) in the Pacific Division of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CW) he guided his team to a playoff berth. CW is one of the four conferences across the country that form the CIS, the governing body for the highest level of interuniversity athletics.
In his first season, Dante led the Heat to their first ever provincial medal, as the team captured bronze at the PACWEST Provincial Championships after a 4-2-5 regular season finish. In his next two season's the Heat just missed the post season, finishing 2-7-6 in 2012 and 6-5-3 in 2013. The six wins in 2013 was a school modern day record, besting the five win team from 1998.