DAYTON – After a thorough national search, University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan has announced that Eric Golz will be head coach of the Dayton women's soccer program.
"This is truly a special day for my wife, Kailey, and I," said Golz. "We are both from Ohio and we met while working at the University of Dayton, it has long been our dream to return to UD, and today some dreams are coming true.
"I am humbled and honored to have been entrusted with leading this storied program, and we will work relentlessly to honor and respect the great history of Dayton women's soccer while building towards a brighter future," he added. "The UD experience for student-athletes is world class; and through our unique developmental environment we will maximize potential in each of our young women while preparing them to lead successful professional lives."
Golz becomes the fourth coach in the history of the program, taking over for Mike Tucker, who recently retired after leading the Flyers for 22 seasons. In that time the Flyers won 21 Atlantic 10 women's soccer Regular Season and Tournament titles and made 10 NCAA appearances.
"I would like to sincerely thank Neil Sullivan, Angie Jabir and the rest of the search committee for providing me with the opportunity to come back to the Dayton family," said Golz. "I would also like to thank Coach Mike Tucker, one of my coaching mentors. The opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a coaching legend is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I know the quality of people, students and players we will develop will honor the legacy he has established."
Golz comes to the Flyers after two seasons as head coach at Illinois State University. In 2016, Illinois State (14-6-3) went on the longest unbeaten streak in program and Missouri Valley Conference history, going 15 matches without a loss. The Redbirds closed out the 2016 campaign with a 3-1 loss at Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Redbirds finished as the MVC Regular Season Champions and MVC Tournament Champions and Golz and his staff were named the 2016 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.
"I am leaving a tremendous program at Illinois State, and need to thank Larry Lyons, Leanna Bordner and LB Lyons for their trust and support while leading ISU," said Golz. "I look forward to watching the continued success of the Redbirds."
Prior to landing his first head coaching job at Illinois State, Golz was considered one of the top assistant coaches nationally.
Golz spent three seasons at Maryland as the assistant women's soccer coach from 2012-14, where he helped a Terrapins' defense that gave up the fewest goals for the program in the last seven years during the 2014 season. The 2014 season also marked the sixth-straight season in which Maryland notched a victory against a National College Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSCAA) national top-25 opponent. At Maryland, Golz was also the team's recruiting coordinator, where he put together three-straight top-25 recruiting classes. The Terps finished the 2012 season as runners-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which tied the highest conference finish in program history. During his three seasons at Maryland, Golz helped the team to two ACC Tournament appearances, including a conference championship berth in 2012, as well as one NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2012, the Terrapins were ranked No. 16 in the final NSCAA national poll, while Golz coached five All-ACC student-athletes during his tenure at Maryland.
Prior to Maryland, Golz was an assistant coach at Dayton in 2011, where he also served as the team's recruiting coordinator. In addition, he was responsible for coordinating scouting reports and designing and organizing training sessions for the Flyers. Under Golz's tutelage, the Flyers, which were ranked as high as No. 14 by the NSCAA during the season, won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Dayton finished the 2011 season with the 11th-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 2.52 goals per game.
He was as an assistant coach at Clemson during the 2009 season, where he also served as the recruiting and video coordinator. Under Golz's coordination, the Tigers' 2011 recruiting class featured verbal commitments from players in each of the four regions of the United States.
Golz was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa for three seasons from 2006-08. In that time he helped recruit three classes, which included eight Region II ODP (Olympic Development Program) members and one National Team player. Golz also served as the Hawkeyes' equipment coordinator and camp coordinator.
Golz spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, helping the Falcons to their first two NCAA Tournament berths and back-to-back MAC Tournament Championships. He also served as Bowling Green's recruiting, academic and travel coordinator.
Prior to working at BGSU, Golz spent a season as the assistant men's coach at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his collegiate experiences, Golz has significant experience as a head and assistant coach for both state and regional ODP programs, a variety of clubs, and also served as the head coach for a semi-professional franchise with the Iowa Rush in the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) in 2010. As the head coach of the Rush, Golz ran all aspects of the team, including recruitment, training and fiscal management.
A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Golz was a standout goalkeeper at Grove City College and was an All-Presidents Athletic Conference selection. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2002.
Golz holds a USSF "A" and USSF National Goalkeeping license, as well as a Level 1 Goalkeeping License from the NSCAA and has been a member of the USYSA Region II Olympic Development Program since 2004.
What they're saying about Eric Golz
Mike Tucker – Former Head Coach at Dayton: "I have a ton of respect for Eric as both a coach and a person. I think those are really important aspects to continue building the women's soccer program at UD. Dayton is a school and program he's familiar with and for those reasons, UD has made a great hire with Eric. He will elevate the program even more. I have that kind of confidence in him. Eric is a detail guy. He's passionate and competitive, but he is also a players' coach. He won't let the players settle for anything but their best. He did an incredible job of turning around a program in a short amount of time in tough circumstances at Illinois State."
Jonathan Morgan – Assistant Coach at Tennessee: "I believe Dayton has landed a tremendously, talented young head coach. Eric is an excellent recruiter and has great ties in-state and nationally. With his understanding and knowledge of the game, thoughtful decision-making and passion for developing players, I think Eric is a great hire for the Dayton family. He will continue to build upon the Dayton women's soccer legacy."
Neil Sullivan – VP/Director of Athletics at Dayton: "We're excited about the future of the Dayton women's soccer program under Eric's guidance and leadership. We have a storied program and Eric has the passion and knowledge to elevate it to new levels. He demonstrates strong coaching abilities and embodies the values we aim to develop in our students. We share a common vision for winning Atlantic 10 championships, advancing in the NCAA Tournament and continued excellence of graduating student-athletes and preparing them for the world after college athletics. I look forward to pursuing all these goals together."
Angie Russell Jabir– Associate Director of Athletics at Dayton: "We are very pleased to welcome Eric Golz and his wife Kailey back to Dayton. Our search process was thorough and Eric emerged as the right person to lead our women's soccer program. His experience, Midwest ties, and passion for teaching and leading young women stood out. We believe Eric will be a great fit for our department, on campus, and in our community."