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Wendy Dillinger
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
Alma Mater: Indiana
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 515-294-5328
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Wendy Dillinger
Release: 05/04/2012

Wendy Dillinger is in her sixth season as head coach at Iowa State. Dillinger has guided the Cyclones to more overall victories each season and led the program to landmark achievements off the field.  Before coming to Iowa State, Dillinger produced historic achievements as the head coach at Washington University in St. Louis and had a highly successful professional and collegiate playing career.  Dillinger is regarded as the top women’s soccer player in Indiana University history.  

In her five years at Iowa State, Dillinger has coached the Cyclones to multiple victories over nationally ranked teams, wins over NCAA Championship bound squads and triumphs over teams that were defending Big 12 Conference regular-season and post-season champions.

Dillinger guided Iowa State forward Jennifer Dominguez to a historic 2012 campaign, as Dominguez became the first Cyclone to earn All-America distinctions after she tied for the Big 12 lead in goals scored with 14.  Dominguez’s 14 goals was the second-highest season goal tally in ISU history. 

The 2012 Cyclones also notched new attendance records as over 6,500 fans attended soccer matches.  The Iowa State, Iowa match on Aug. 31 drew a record crowd of 1,451.

Since arriving in Ames, Dillinger has also guided the Cyclones to impressive accomplishments off the field.  In 2009, Ann Gleason became the first Cyclone to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors.  Iowa State has accumulated 54 Academic All-Big 12 honorees under Dillinger, highlighted by a program-record 18 in 2012.  The Cyclones have also gathered four Academic All-District VII first-team honors. Additionally, her squads won the Cyclone Challenge Cup two consecutive years, an honor that goes to the top Iowa State athletics team for community service.

When hired at Iowa State, Dillinger ranked 14th among NCAA Division III active coaches with a .756 winning percentage.  During her tenure at Washington, her student-athletes earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors four times, academic all-district recognition 10 times and All-UAA academic honors 68 times in a conference that includes several of the nation’s premier academic institutions. Dillinger also recruited and coached three UAA Player-of-the-Year honorees, two UAA Newcomer-of-the-Year recipients, two All-America award winners and the National Player of the Year, Meghan Marie Fowler-Finn.

Dillinger, a 1993 graduate of St. Charles WestHigh School in St. Charles, Mo., moved to Washington University after serving as the assistant women's soccer coach at Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., for four seasons. During her tenure, she helped guide the Hoosiers to 36 wins, including an NCAA Tournament berth and the first NCAA Tournament win in school history in 1998.

Prior to her stint as an assistant coach at Indiana, Dillinger played four seasons for IU, establishing herself as one of the top players in school history. Jerry Yeagley (former Indiana men’s soccer coach, six-time NCAA champ and the sport’s all-time winningest coach) referred to Dillinger as the greatest player in IU women’s soccer history.  A three-time All-Mideast Region selection and a two-time All-Big Ten pick, she set 25 team records and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in goals (37), assists (24) and points (98). In Indiana’s inaugural season and the Hoosiers' first-ever conference match, Dillinger scored three goals against Northwestern.

Following her collegiate career, Dillinger became the first Hoosier to participate in the professional women's soccer league, playing with the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA in the league's inaugural season in 2001.

Dillinger graduated from Indiana in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in general studies with a biology emphasis. She then spent one season playing for Fredericksburg in Denmark of the European Soccer League, helping her club reach Elite Team status after a season in the first division. She also played four seasons for the Indiana Blaze.

Dillinger is married to Chris Sellers. The couple has a son, Braydon King, and a daughter, Kayla Marie Sellers.

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