March 6, 2013

Weiler makes long trip from Moorhead to CNU

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Christopher Newport interim director of athletics Jon Waters has announced the hiring of Dan Weiler as the new head women's soccer coach. Weiler comes to CNU from Concordia-Moorhead after guiding his squad to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons.

"We are thrilled to have Dan Weiler join the CNU community and take the helm of our women's soccer program," Waters said. "Coach Weiler has extensive successful experiences developing student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and in the community." 
 
Weiler joins the Captains after 11 seasons as head coach with Concordia, building the program into a regional powerhouse and consistent national threat. The Cobbers reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament in three of their six appearances, all coming under Weiler's guidance over the past seven years.
 
"I want to personally thank Jon Waters and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to join the athletic staff of CNU, " said Weiler. "With my first steps on CNU's beautiful campus, I felt completely comfortable and welcome by students and staff.  CNU women's soccer has tremendous potential and I'm excited to start working with the student-athletes."

Kevin Roos, head girls' soccer coach at Fargo (N.D.) Shanley High School, replaces Weiler as head coach at Concordia-Moorhead.

Weiler has twice been selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Region Coach of the Year (2009 & 2012) and is a four-time Conference Coach of the Year. He compiled an impressive record of 144-58-24 while at the helm for the Cobbers, a winning percentage of over 69%. Since 2007, the team has won 77% of their games, going 98-23-18.
 
He has coached players to 30 NSCAA All-Region honors and five All-American nods. Off the field, his team has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award every year, coached 37 Academic All-Conference players, 4 Scholar All-Americans, and 2 ESPN Academic All-Americans.
 
His 14-year coaching résumé  at Concordia includes two seasons as an Associate Coach for both the men's and women's teams before taking over as the head coach for the women's team in 2001. For a span of five seasons (2007-11), Weiler also took the reins of the men's team, turning around a 3-win squad in 2007 to a 13-win program in 2010.
 
Weiler was also the head girls' soccer coach at Fargo South High School from 1999-2006, guiding the Bruins to a state championship in 1999. He earned North Dakota Coach of the Year honors in 1999, and in 2002, was named a finalist for the national girl's high school coach of the year.
 
Weiler holds a Brazilian (BRUSA) "A" coaching license and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" license.
 
A Fargo, N.D. native, Weiler graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moorhead State University in 1996.
 
The Captains are coming off a 12-9 season with an overtime loss in the USA South Championship Game, narrowly missing their third NCAA appearance in four years. CNU was led by a pair of returning All-State players, including all-time leading scorer Emma O'Reilly. The Springfield, Va. native tied the CNU career goals scored mark in just her third year with her 37th career goal in the final game of the year. Defender Alexis Stahlman was the other All-State performer, a sweeper that helped CNU post 10 shutouts in 2012.