Dan Palmer enters his fourth season as the head women’s soccer coach at Oberlin College.
In just three seasons he has completely revamped the program, raising the team’s level of play and competitiveness while creating a culture of winning. In 2014, the Yeowomen tied a school record with 10 wins after combining for 10 wins in the three seasons prior (2011-13). The 2015 Yeowomen also finished at .500, going 7-7-3.
– In 2014 he led the Yeowomen on a nine-matching winning streak en route to a 10-8 season and 3-5 mark in the NCAC
– Has led the team to the best two-year stretch in program history, totaling 17 wins and three draws (2014-15)
– Mentored All-NCAC Second-Team Selections Gwennie Gardiner (2014) and Maddi Kimball (2015) and has coached six other All-NCAC players over his first three years
– Teams have been honored for academic excellence by the NSCAA, with Casey McGuire earning All-Ohio All-Academic honors in 2014
– Helped 2015 graduate Kate Frost set the school record for shuts in a season (5) and career (12). She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2013
– His 2013 Yeowomen team was also one of 26 teams in the country to earn the Nation Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Award for Ethics and Sportsmanship. Oberlin totaled 1,637 minutes on the pitch without committing an egregious infraction to draw a card
– Came to Oberlin after a successful nine-year tenure as the head men’s soccer coach at nearby Case Western Reserve University where he compiled a record of 87-65-16 while leading the Spartans to two University Athletic Association Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances
– Two-time UAA Coach of the Year, Palmer’s teams were ranked in the nation’s top-20 three times, including as high as second in 2007. During his time with the Spartans, he also mentored numerous All-Americans and Scholar-All Americans.
– Served as the head men’s soccer coach at Hiram for two season (2002-03). Previously, he worked as the head women’s soccer coach at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, from 1996-01 – compiling a 70-47-6 record – before also taking over its inaugural men’s program from 1997 to 2001.
– A 1981 graduate of North Central College (Illinois), Palmer got his start in coaching at his alma mater where he served as the head men’s coach from 1984 until 1989. He also earned a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 1989