During his time in the forward played in 267 league games ( 68 goals ) for the first FC Magdeburg (1975 - 1988) and the first FC Locomotive Leipzig (1988 - 1991). Damian Halata played 14 European Cup games by 2 goals to 1 FC Magdeburg and 1.FC Lok Leipzig. He was a total of four times used in the national team of the German Democratic Republic and scored one goal. With the East German Olympic team, he qualified for the finals of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where the DDR then did not participate due to the boycott.
In a game of DDR - Oberliga against the BSG Sachsenring Zwickau in October 1988 Halata reach five goals (final score 7:2 ). This was apart from him no other player in the DDR - Oberliga.
After the successful qualification of the 1st FC Lok Leipzig for the 2nd Bundesliga he was injured in his second match point for the now renamed VfB Leipzig club on Matchday 5 of the season 1991/1992 heavy ( torn ACL ) and had then already 29 years end his active career.
In the period 1992-1994 Damian Halata worked as an assistant coach at VfB Leipzig under the head coaches Jürgen Sundermann and Bernd Stange. On April 9, 1994, he was appointed the age of 31 head coach of VfB Leipzig and led the team in the closing stages of the first Bundesliga until 30 June 1994. Effect from 1 July 1994 to 30 April 1996, he was again co coach at VfB Leipzig worked to again take over the head coaching job at relegation-threatened VfB Leipzig on 1 May 1996. After a successful relegation, he worked as an assistant coach again. On December 7, 1997, he was the third time head coach at VfB Leipzig, but was the end of the season did not prevent the descent of the association from the 2nd Bundesliga. Of 8 December 1998 to 14 March 2001, he worked as a head coach and assistant coach of the 1st FC Dynamo Dresden in the regional and in the big leagues.
From 1 January 2002, he took over the ZFC Meuselwitz the relegation zone of Thuringia League and reached the end of the season in the league. After a second place (2003), he led the ZFC Meuselwitz 2004 in the league. There, he finished 2005 in sixth place. In September 2005, he briefly had ended after a draw on Matchday 5 at TSV Völpke his activities within the ZFC Meuselwitz. He was dissatisfied with the performance in the current season. However, he recanted his decision remained until the summer of 2006, the ZFC and reached the fifth place.
On 22 March 2007 he took over the SV Dessau 05 in the Oberliga Nordost as head coach and replaced the incumbent since 1992 Dieter Hausdörfer from.
From December 2007 he was again coach of ZFC Meuselwitz and here has a contract until the summer of 2012. During the 2008 /2009 season, he led the ZFC Meuselwitz for first-time promotion to the Regionalliga. On 2 May 2011 the ZFC Meuselwitz furloughed surprising his head coach Damian Halata. The leave of absence was justified by the association with incidents in connection with the away defeat in Upper territory.
End of December 2011 Halata Damian was introduced as the new head coach of the league team of FSV Budissa Bautzen. He thus succeeds Dirk Rettig, who exercised an interim basis as coach after the leave of Thomas Baron. Halata received a contract until 2014.