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West Virginia University

West Virginia University
PO Box 0877 Morgantown, WV 26507
Division 1 West Virginia Northeast
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Dan Stratford

Mountaineer alumnus Dan Stratford was named West Virginia University’s 10th men’s soccer head coach in January 2020.


Stratford, who played for the Mountaineers from 2004-07, and served as an assistant coach at WVU from 2011-13, returned to Morgantown after a three-year stint as the head coach at the University of Charleston. While at UC, he compiled a record of 61-4-5 and led the Golden Eagles to a pair of Division II National Championships in 2017 and 2019.


The London, England, native was named the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Coach of the Year for all sports in 2017 and is a two-time United Soccer Coaches Division II Coaching Staff of the Year (2017, 2019) winner. Under Stratford’s tutelage, UC also won three conference regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles in the last three years.


Charleston finished 22-2-1 this past season en route to its second National Championship in three years. The Golden Eagles outscored their opponents, 87-8, and earned 17 shutouts. In all, the squad finished the campaign on a 12-match win streak.


In 2018, UC conceded just four total goals, an all-time goals-against average record in Division II men’s soccer history. The team went undefeated in the regular season before finishing with an 18-1-2 mark.


Stratford’s first season in charge in 2017 was capped off with UC’s first men’s soccer National Championship. On the heels of a 15-match win streak, the Golden Eagles allowed just eight goals all year while tallying 19 shutouts. The squad finished 21-1-2 on the year, as Stratford mentored his first collection of student-athletes as a head coach, including Thomas Vancaeyezeele, the Division II National Player of the Year.


From 2014-16, Stratford served as an assistant coach at UC, helping the Golden Eagles to three trips to the Division II Final Four with two National Runner-Up finishes.


Prior to his time at Charleston, Stratford was an assistant coach for three seasons at WVU from 2011-13. The Mountaineers reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 2011, before joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2012.


One of the most decorated players in program history, Stratford played for the Mountaineers from 2004-07, finishing No. 1 in WVU history in matches played in a season (23) and career (85), as well as No. 1 in career game-winning assists (13) and game-winning points (31). Additionally, Stratford, an All-Big East and all-region selection as a senior, sits No. 2 in school history in career assists (27), shots on goal (86) and multi-assist games (4), No. 3 in matches started (79), No. 4 in game-winning goals (9) and No. 9 in career points (67).


Stratford led the Mountaineers to a four-year mark of 54-24-8 with three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2006 Big East regular-season championship as a player. WVU reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in program history during Stratford’s senior season in 2007.


Drafted by D.C. United in 2008, Stratford played one season in Major League Soccer (MLS) before joining Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle from 2009-10. He finished his professional career at Hereford United (England) from 2010-11.


Stratford owns a UEFA ‘B’ coaching license and graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education in 2009. He also earned a master’s degree at WVU in 2015.

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Andy Wright

Former West Virginia University men’s soccer All-American Andy Wright enters his fifth season on the Mountaineer men's coaching staff and his first as associate head coach in 2020.


Wright, a Mountaineer from 2004-07 and one of the top players in program history, returned to Morgantown after concluding a successful playing career, in which he played for five clubs from 2007-15.


In his four seasons back at WVU, he has helped guide the Mountaineers to two conference titles, two NCAA Tournament berths, multiple weeks in the national rankings and numerous national athletic and academic honors.


Last season, WVU won its first MAC Tournament title, winning three matches in six days to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers reached the NCAA Second Round for the second consecutive season, while finishing the campaign with a 10-9-2 mark. Senior defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros was named to the MAC Second Team, while four players reached the MAC All-Tournament Team, including junior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky, the Tournament MVP. In the classroom, WVU continued to excel, as nine members of the team were named to the Academic All-MAC Team.


WVU was ranked as high as No. 19 in the national polls at one point during the season and finished No. 1 in the MAC and No. 26 nationally with 38 assists as a team.


West Virginia won the MAC regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 2018. With a 14-7-0 record and a 5-0-0 mark in conference play, the Mountaineers were one win shy of the tying the program record and one of just two teams in the country to record a 1.000 winning percentage in conference play.


WVU finished the season in the top-25 in each of the major poll’s final rankings, coming in as high as No. 17, while senior Joey Piatczyc earned three All-America accolades, was the MAC Player of the Year and was drafted in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls. Piatczyc and Tekesky were named to the All-MAC First Team, while four earned second team accolades.


The record-setting 2018 campaign for West Virginia included 51 assists and 129 shots on goal, both program bests. WVU’s 21 matches played and 135 total points were tied for third-most in school history.


In 2017, the Mountaineers earned a top-25 ranking for five weeks, coming in as high as No. 14, while the team recorded nine shutouts, tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history. One of the shutouts was a 1-0 victory over then-No. 5 Michigan State.


As a team, WVU earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 10th consecutive season. The list of individual award winners were highlighted by junior Stephen Banick and sophomore Ryan Kellogg, who were recognized on the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, and senior Steven James and Garcia-Herreros and Kellogg, who were named Distinguished Scholar-Athletes by the Mid-American Conference.


Wright’s first season back at West Virginia saw the Mountaineers in the top-25 for six consecutive weeks, ranking as high as No. 15, and ranked in all four major polls for two weeks in a row. The season’s second game saw WVU beat then-No. 7 Georgetown, 1-0, which began a string of seven consecutive shutouts, the longest in program history.


Additionally, senior Jack Elliott capped an impressive career by earning Academic All-America First Team honors and was named to the 2016 All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Elliott was selected in the fourth round (77th overall) by the Philadelphia Union in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.


A three-time All-American, Wright ranks in the top-10 in team history in numerous statistical categories. During his time donning the Gold and Blue, he helped lead the Mountaineers to three NCAA Tournaments and was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year in 2007 and a Big East All-Conference selection from 2005-07.


The Formby, England, native played in 83 matches in his WVU career, tied for third-most all-time, with 80 starts, second-most. He netted 11 game-winning goals, one shy of the program record. Wright assisted on eight game-winning goals, second-most in team history, and his four game-winning assists in 2007 are tied for fourth all-time. Wright’s 12 game-winning points in 2007 is second and his nine in 2006 is tied for ninth. He is second with 30 game-winning assists in his career.


Wright played 6,755 minutes at WVU, which ranks No. 2 in program history, while his 17 assists tied for second-most at the conclusion of his Mountaineer tenure.


His 60 career shots on goal were third-most in program history, and his 20 shots on goal in 2006 tied for fourth. Wright recorded 151 shots, which was sixth on WVU’s all-time list.


Wright led the team in shots in 2006, with 50, and tied for the team lead as a senior in 2007 with six goals, helping lead the Mountaineers to the Sweet 16.


Upon the conclusion of his WVU playing career, Wright returned to England to play professionally from 2008-15. He began his professional career with Scunthorpe United from 2008-12, where he helped the team win promotion from League 1 to the English Championship. He was loaned to Grimsby Town in 2010 and 2012. From 2012-15, he played for Morecambe before he concluded his playing career with Southport.

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Nick Noble

Former West Virginia University men’s soccer All-America goalkeeper Nick Noble returned to WVU as an assistant coach in 2018 and is entering his third season at his alma mater.


Noble, a First Team All-American in 2006, set numerous school records as a Mountaineer. He joined the WVU staff following an 11-year professional career. As a four-year starter in goal at WVU from 2003-06, Noble set 17 career or single-season program records.


In 2019, West Virginia finished with a 10-9-2 mark, which included the program’s first MAC Tournament title and second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers reached the NCAA Second Round for the second year in a row and eighth time in program history.


Ranked as high as No. 19 nationally at one point in the season, WVU was represented on the All-MAC Team by senior defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros. Junior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky was named the MVP Tournament MVP, the first Mountaineer to ever garner the award. He was joined by three others – Josh DiMatteo, Ryan Kellogg and Luke McCormick – on the All-Tournament Team. Tekesky finished with 1,936 minutes played, good for No. 14 in the country, and had six shutouts.


Additionally, nine Mountaineers made the Academic All-MAC Team, as the squad earned the Team Academic Award for the 12th straight season.


Noble helped guide the Mountaineers to a MAC regular-season title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018, his first season back in Morgantown. With a 14-7-0 record and a 5-0-0 mark in conference play, West Virginia was one win shy of the tying the program record and one of just two teams in the country to record a 1.000 winning percentage in conference play.


WVU finished the season in the top 25 in each of the major poll’s final rankings, coming in as high as No. 17. The record-setting 2018 campaign for West Virginia included 51 assists and 129 shots on goal, both program bests. WVU’s 21 matches played and 135 total points were tied for third-most in school history.


Under Noble’s guidance, Tekesky was named to the All-MAC First Team. He finished No. 11 in the country in total saves (86) and No. 16 in minutes played (1,891:37), while he led the conference in save percentage (.761) and saves per game (4.10). Tekesky’s 14 wins were tied for No. 2 in a single season in program history, his 21 starts and matches played were both tied for No. 3 and his 1,891:37 minutes ranked No. 5 all-time.


A Damascus, Maryland, native, Noble’s professional career began in Major League Soccer as a first-round pick in the supplemental draft by the Chicago Fire in 2007. He spent the 2009 season with the Austin Aztex of the United Soccer League before playing in 59 matches from 2010-11 for Swedish Superettan team Ljungskile SK.


In 2012, Noble signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS before joining the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL. He played in 122 career matches with the Islanders from 2012-17, and was a 2012 USL Goalkeeper of the Year award nominee and 2013 All-League Second Team.


In an illustrious Mountaineer career, Noble was named a First Team National Soccer Coaches Association All-American and a Second Team All-American by College Soccer News as a senior in 2006, and added Big East Goalkeeper of the Year accolades. In his career, he also was a two-time All-Big East honoree and earned six weekly Big East accolades.


Noble easily holds the Mountaineer record for career wins, with 45, while his 15 victories in 2006 also is No. 1. Noble’s 12 wins in 2004 tied a program record at the time, while his 13 victories in 2005 gave him sole possession of the record before he broke it again the following season.


Noble set a then-WVU record with a 0.79 goals-against average as a sophomore in 2004, a mark he eclipsed as a senior with a 0.63 in 2006. His 1.02 goals-against average in 2005 was fourth-best at the time and still ranks in the top 10 in the WVU record books. Noble’s career goals-against average of 0.88 set a program record.


His 302 career saves rank No. 3 all-time. The total was highlighted by 91 saves in 2005, which ranks No. 10 in a single season in team history. Noble’s save percentage of .864 in 2006 ranked No. 4 all-time, while his .812 career save percentage also was fourth-best in WVU history.


Noble concluded his career ranked No. 1 all-time with 34 shutouts, highlighted by a then-school-record 12 in 2005 and another 11 in 2006.


Noble still ranks No. 1 in team history in matches played, starts and minutes played in 2005, with 23 starts and 2,120 minutes, while he concluded his career ranked No. 1 with 79 matches played, 77 starts and 7,135 minutes in his career.

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