Dan Palmer will enter his eighth season as the head women’s soccer coach at Oberlin College in 2020.
In his first five seasons he 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 a total of 10 wins in the previous three seasons (2011-13). During his tenure, the Yeowomen have a record of 47-65-11 which includes four seasons with over 15 points in the standings.
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In 2014 he led the Yeowomen on a nine-match winning streak en route to a 10-8 season and 3-5 mark in the NCAC
Led the team to the best four-year stretch in program history, totaling 33 wins and eight draws (2014-17)
2018 was highest conference finish in 29 years (5th)
Coached 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Great Lakes Region Third-Team selection Lucy Fredell
Mentored four All-NCAC honorees in 2018, the most honorees since 2009, including First Team Selection Lucy Fredell
Coached 2017 One United Soccer Coaches (NSCAA) All-Region selection senior Gwennie Gardiner (First Team)
Coached Gwennie Gardiner to the NCAC Offensive MVP award in 2017, the first in program history. Gardiner also earned United Coaches All-Great Regional First-Team honors
2014-2017 most successful four-year run in program history
2013-2019 USC (NSCAA) Team Academic Award (team GPA's have ranged from 3.42-3.56)
2013-2019 USC (NSCAA) Team Ethics Award
2013-2018 one or more All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio selections each year
One NCAC Player of the week and one national player of the week in 2018
Two NCAC players of the week and one national player of the week in 2017
Mentored All-NCAC First-Team Selection Gwennie Gardiner (2016, 2017) and Second-Team honoree Maddi Kimball (2015, 2017) while coaching eight other All-NCAC players over his first six years
Teams have been honored for academic excellence by the NSCAA with multiple players earning All-Ohio All-Academic honors
Helped 2015 graduate Kate Frost tie the school record for shutouts in a season (five) while setting career mark (11). She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2013
His 2013 Yeowomen team was 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). Prior to that, 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