Dan Ball begins his first season on the Bowling Green State University women's soccer staff. Ball, a native of Chatham, England, was hired in June of 2018 and will serve as the Falcons' goalkeeper coach.
Ball joined head coach Matt Fannon's staff after spending the previous two seasons at Concordia University in Seward, Neb. He served as graduate assistant goalkeeper coach for both the men's and women's program. Those two teams went a combined 57-18-8 over the last two seasons, as the men's team was 27-10-3 overall and 13-5 in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play under head coach Jason Weides, while Greg Henson's women's program went 30-8-5 overall and 16-3-1 in the league in that span.
"We are very excited to have Balley join our team," said Fannon. "As a young goalkeeper coach he has already shown great success and growth in his abilities and will immediately challenge our 'keepers to improve. He is smart, ambitious and a winner, so will fit in well and help us all to grow. He is the perfect addition to our staff."
At Concordia, Ball helped sophomore 'keeper Lindsey Carley earn GPAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades along with first-team all-league and all-region honors as the Bulldogs won the league title with a 9-0-1 record. During Ball's two seasons at the school, a total of four different goalkeepers in the two programs earned all-conference honors.
The women's program captured the 2017 league regular-season title after winning the conference tournament the previous year. The '17 women's team set program records for fewest goals conceded and most clean sheets. The coaching staff was named United Soccer Plains Region College Staff of the Year last fall.
The men's team set a school single-season record for wins last year, going 16-3-1. Goalkeeper Jack Bennett, one of those four 'keepers to earn All-GPAC honors during Ball's tenure, ranked in the top 20 among all NAIA goalkeepers in goals-against average a year ago.
"I couldn't be more excited to start at BGSU," said Ball. "The opportunity to coach and be challenged at the Division-I level is one I'm incredibly grateful for. Coach Fannon has done great things in his short time at BG and the staff is young and hungry for success, as is our team. Both Matt and (assistant coach) Cian (McDonald) have been incredible in welcoming me and I'm looking forward to learning from them both."
A graduate of Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn., Ball served as an assistant women's soccer coach at his alma mater from July of 2015 to May of 2016. He worked closely with the team's goalkeepers with the Buffaloes, and under his tutelage, junior 'keeper Charlotte Stephens earned all-conference honors.
Off the pitch, Ball served as International Student Liaison at Milligan, a position he proposed and created which was focused on improving the international student experience. He oversaw 43 international students and was the principle point of contact in the assimilation of international students.
Ball was a four-year starter during his undergraduate career at Milligan, helping the Buffaloes to two Appalachian Athletic Conference titles while earning all-conference recognition in each of his last three seasons. Ball was a two-time team captain for the program.
Ball earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in English at Milligan. He received a Master's in Business Administration from Concordia in May of 2018.
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