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Dillinger Named ISU Soccer Coach

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Release: 01/24/2008
         
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AMES, Iowa – Wendy Dillinger, who ranked among the winningest active NCAA Division III soccer coaches nationally at Washington University in St. Louis after an impressive collegiate and professional playing career, was named as the new head coach at Iowa State Thursday. Senior associate athletics director Dr. Calli Sanders made the announcement, welcoming a coach that posted an 86-25-8 record while taking Washington to four NCAA Tournaments, three University Athletic Association (UAA) outright team crowns and a co-association championship.

“We are delighted to announce that Wendy Dillinger is the new soccer coach at Iowa State University,” Sanders said. “During the evaluative and interview processes, it was clear that Wendy had an extreme passion for developing an outstanding college women’s soccer program in the classroom and on the field. Beyond her expectation for success is a detailed vision for how it will happen. Jerry Yeagley (former Indiana men’s soccer coach, six-time NCAA champ and the sport’s all-time winningest coach) called her ‘the greatest player in IU women’s soccer history’ and that type of an endorsement gets your attention. She has been a winner at every turn of her soccer career and it’s just part of her personal makeup.”

Dillinger, who ranks 14th among NCAA Division III active coaches with a .756 winning percentage, has demonstrated a commitment to athletics achievement and academic excellence.  During her tenure at Washington, her student-athletes have 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.

“I am very honored and excited to be joining a great athletics department team at Iowa State with a chance to compete in one of the most-respected conferences in the nation,” Dillinger said. “(Athletics Director) Jamie Pollard’s vision and plan for Cyclone athletics are aggressive and energized and I want to be a part of taking the next big step at ISU. Building on the success of the Iowa State soccer program will require leadership, drive, direction and an aggressive recruiting philosophy. The energy and excitement at ISU will draw talented student-athletes.  We will play an attacking style which is enticing to both prospective student-athletes and fans.”

Washington University advanced to the NCAA Sectional Round for the third time under Coach Dillinger in 2007. Again tying a school record with 17 wins, the Bears finished with a final record of 17-4. For the fourth time in six years, Dillinger guided her team to a UAA Championship, while Caryn Rosoff garnered UAA Player-of-the-Year honors.

In 2006, the Bears tied the school record with a 17-3 overall record, including a 7-0 mark in UAA play. Dillinger and her staff picked up UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors after capturing the UAA title and advancing to the NCAA Sectional Semifinals. Dillinger also helped mentor D3Kicks.com National Player of the Year, MeghanMarie Fowler-Finn

Dillinger and the Bears posted a 17-3-1 mark in 2004 and advanced to the Sectional Finals for the third time in school history. In 2003, Dillinger led WU to a 14-3-3 mark, and won the second UAA championship in school history. WU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She guided the Bears to a 10-5-3 record in her first season, including a 3-2-2 mark in the UAA.

Dillinger, a 1993 graduate of St. Charles West High School in St. Charles, Mo., came to Washington University after serving as the assistant women's soccer coach at Indiana University 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. 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). She was a three-time team captain and led IU to the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 1996. In Indiana’s inaugural season and the Hoosier’s first-ever conference match, Dillinger scored three goals against Northwestern. She had eight collegiate multiple-goal matches.

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 in its division. She also played four seasons for the Indiana Blaze and was a member of the St. Louis Archers in the W-League of the United Soccer League in 2004.

The 32-year old Dillinger is married to Chris Sellers. The couple has one son, Braydon King Sellers, who was born June 4, 2006. 

 

Quick Facts About Dillinger
Years at WU: Six (86-25-8, .756)

Previous Coaching Experience–Club:
1994-98: Youth Club Coach, Centergrove, Ind.
2000-01: Youth Club Coach, Bloomington, Ind.
2001: Coach, Indiana State Olympic Developmental team

College:
1998-02: Assistant women’s soccer coach, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
2003-07: Head women’s soccer coach, Washington University, St. Louis

College Education:
Received Bachelor's degree (biology) from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., in 1998.

High School:
Graduated from St. Charles West High School, St. Charles, Mo., in 1993.

Playing Career:
A three-time all-Region selection and a two-time all-Big Ten selection at Indiana. Holds the all-time career record in goals, assists and points for the Hoosiers. Team was the 1996 Big Ten Tournament champion. Played semi-pro soccer for the Indiana Blaze of the W-League from 1996-2000. The Blaze finished third in the 2000 Final Four. Also logged time professionally in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the Fredericksburg Boldklub in 1998, and for the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA in the spring of 2001. Played semi-pro for the St. Louis Archers in the W-League of the United Soccer League in 2004.

Honors:
UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (2004, 2006).

Family:
Married to Chris Sellers. The couple has one son, Braydon King Sellers, who was born June 4, 2006.

Year-by-Year at Washington with Wendy Dillinger (2002-07)

Year-by-Year at Washington with Wendy Dillinger (2002-07)

Year

W

L

T

UAA NCAA Finish
2002

10

5

3

Fourth ----
2003

14

3

3

First Second Round
2004

17

3

1

First Sectional Final
2005

11

7

1

Fourth ----
2006

17

3

0

First Sectional Semifinal
2007

17

4

0

First Sectional Semifinal
Career

86

25

8

(.756) Four NCAA bids

 


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