Dallas Boyer is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Cleveland State women’s soccer program. Boyer had previously served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons with the Vikings.
This past season, Cleveland State went 6-11-2 overall and 5-5-1 in league play, advancing to their first postseason tournament since 2019. The Vikings ended their 2021 regular season in dramatic fashion, as Cleveland State went 3-0-1 over the final four contests to earn a spot in the Horizon League Tournament. During this stretch, the Viking defense didn’t allow a goal for 458 minutes, recording four straight shutouts.
Senior Essence Canady was named to the All-League Second Team after leading the Viking defense, while Kyla Valaitis was named to the All-Freshman
During the abbreviated spring 2021 season, Boyer led the Green and White to a 6-4-0 record with Kathryn Ramicone earning Horizon League Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team honors. In addition, Elena Gutlove and Maddie Young were named All-Horizon League First Team.
Boyer led the Vikings to a 6-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 Horizon League record during the 2019 campaign. Cleveland State received two All-Horizon League awards with Elena Gutlove being named Second Team and Grace Krosky on the All-Freshman team. Off the field, Toni Dickson was named to the All-Academic Team for the Horizon League.
In just his second season at the helm, Boyer led the Vikings to the best season in program history in 2018. Cleveland State finished the season with an 11-7-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 record in Horizon League, which marked the Vikings best single-season win totals both overall and in league play. The Vikings capped their season with a run to the Horizon League Tournament championship match, which marked Cleveland State's first-ever title match appearance.
Following the regular season, Sarah Krause, Dani Sowinski, and McKenna Vento were named First Team All-Horizon League, which was the first time in school history the Vikings placed three players on the all-league first team.
In his first season at the helm, Boyer led the Vikings to a 9-9-1 mark, including a 5-4 mark in the Horizon League as the Vikings earned a spot in the League tournament for the first time since 2015. The nine wins are tied for the second most in school history and just one shy of the record, while the five League wins were tied for the most in a season in program history. Last year's squad tied the school record for goals in a season with 28 and set the single-season record with 224 shots.
In addition, Jenna Prathapa became the first player in program history to earn Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors and was one of four players to reach double figures in points. It marked the first time in school history that four players recorded at least 10 points in the same season.
Prior to being named the head coach, Boyer served as the assistant coach since 2007, helping 15 players earn All-Horizon League honors, and eight players garner spots on the Horizon League All-Newcomer team. In addition, seven players have earned All-Ohio accolades with Boyer on staff.
Administratively, Boyer organized all the team, travel, planned and conducted training sessions, recruited high school prospects and oversaw the academic standards for the program which earned the NSCAA Academic Award from 2007-16.
Since 2015, Boyer has served as the Director and Coach of Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal, a technical training program provided by the Arsenal FC club in England. The club is one of just three partnerships in the United States which helps identify, train and evaluate the country's best young talent.
In addition, Boyer has been one of six coaches for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team's Regional Training Center since 2013, helping to identify, train and evaluate the best female players in the region for future inclusion in the national team's roster pool.
As an undergraduate at Miami (OH), Boyer worked with the school's Youth M-League, coaching in the 8-10 year old boys league for three seasons. He graduated cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in adolescent integrated social studies.
Boyer returned to the Cleveland area after graduating, earning Greater Cleveland Assistant Coach of the Year honors at Parma HS in 2005 and helping the program earn the Greater Cleveland Division 1 Team Sportsmanship Award the following year.
He is an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and has a National "C" coaching license and an NSCAA Regional Goalkeeper Diploma.
Boyer is currently pursuing his Master's in Sports Management from CSU.
Boyer resides in Parma with his wife Kristen and their sons, Casey and Finn.