The 19th head coach in Franklin & Marshall history, Dan Wagner enters his 12th season as the squad's mentor this fall. A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Wagner has turned the Diplomats into a consistent national player.
Wagner has guided the Diplomats to nine straight winning seasons, including four straight appearances in the Centennial Conference (CC) postseason. In 2012, the Diplomats posted the third-most wins in program history with a 12-6 overall mark. Wagner reached a legendary milestone in 2012, becoming the program's all-time leader in coaching victories by reaching the 100-win mark for his career. He became the eighth coach in CC history and the third active conference coach to achieve the 100-win milestone.
The 2011 Diplomats posted the eighth winning season in Wagner's tenure at the helm, advancing to the CC playoffs for the third straight year. 2010 saw F&M return to the national spotlight as they finished the regular season second in the CC and 23rd in the nation as ranked by the NSCAA. F&M had a run of over 600 minutes conceding only one goal and went 3-0-2 against the top-five teams in the Centennial.
From 2006 to present, the Diplomats have participated in the NCAA tournament twice and were three times ranked in the top 25 of the national rankings at the season's end. Wagner led the team to its best season in program history in 2007 with 15 wins, along with a return trip to the NCAA tournament. The Diplomats won the Centennial Conference (CC) regular season championship and reached as high as No. 9 in the Division III national coaches poll, ending the season ranked 21st with a 15-4 record. Wagner mentored Brandon Corday to his second straight CC Player of the Year award and first team All-America honors, the only soccer player in Centennial history to accomplish this.
Wagner’s first two seasons were building blocks for what would become one of the most successful stretches in program history. The Diplomats won only 12 of their 34 games in 2002 and 2003 and finished last in Centennial Conference in 03. The program came roaring back in 2004, with 11 wins marking one of the ten best season-to-season turnarounds for a program in the NCAA that year. Since 2004 the Diplomats have only lost 33 times in 125 contests while consistently having one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Prior to his joining the staff at Franklin & Marshall, Wagner served as the head boys' soccer coach at Penn Manor High School from 1999 through the spring of 2002. He currently resides in Lancaster Township with his wife, Shelby, and children, Tyler and Kassidy.