Widener University Women's Soccer Camps | Head Coach Dan Blank
Dan Blank was named the head coach of the Widener University women's soccer program on July 13, 2018. He brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the Pride.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dan Blank to Widener and our Women's Soccer team," said Shafer. "While this transition comes quickly, and on the heels of recent success for the team, Coach Blank has a solid reputation developing teams and getting the most from their performance. His experience as an educator and coach across many levels of the game will surely continue to develop the Widener program."
Most recently, Blank was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Georgia, helping to mentor a squad that qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice, reaching the Second Round in 2011. UGA led the SEC in defense in 2010, surrendering 0.90 goals per game and had a four-game shutout streak against conference foes. The Bulldogs went 53-38-11 in his five years in Athens.
Prior to joining Georgia, Blank was an assistant coach at Ole Miss where he guided the team to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. He is the only coach in SEC history to be a part of two teams that have led the conference in defense as the Rebels held their opponents to just 0.67 goals in '09, posting a 13-6-2 record.
From 1998-2006, Blank was the head coach of the Embry-Riddle Eagles, overseeing the beginning of the women's soccer program. He led the Eagles to a 98-57-8 record, winning three Florida South Conference titles and finishing in the National Top-25 four times. While at Embry-Riddle, Blank coached five All-Americans, 26 All-Region picks, and 33 All-Conference honorees. His players excelled in the classroom as well, mentoring 12 NAIA Scholar Athletes. Individually, he was named FSC Coach of the Year three times and Region XIV Coach of the Year twice.
Blank also was the head coach at Brewton-Parker College where in 1995 the Barons scored 181 goals in 21 games and where he was a three-time Georgia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He opened his coaching career in 1991 as an assistant at Wheeling Jesuit.
As a player, Blank started for four years at Bethany College where he competed in four NCAA Tournaments.
Blank is also a successful author who has written eight soccer books including the best-sellers Soccer iQ Vols. 1 and 2.