Dan Wagner
Dan Wagner
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 717-291-4103
Email: dan.wagner@fandm.edu

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.

Wagner's soccer pedigree is rich. Steeped in the rich tradition of Messiah soccer, where he excelled as an undergrad, Wagner is the only player to captain the Falcons for three seasons. While playing in Grantham, he earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors in 1991, 1994 and 1995. He finished his career at Messiah with 16 goals and 23 assists for 55 points. Wagner also captained Mechanicsburg High School for three seasons and was named Mid-Penn Player of the Year in 1991.  He also was All-State and captained his EPYSA ODP team.
Wagner also directs the F&M Soccer Africa Project, a cooperative venture with Amandla Edufootball and the CTC Ten Foundation. This group has created the Chris Campbell Memorial Field as well as a clubhouse and education center in Khayelitsha South Africa. The facility operates similar to a boy’s and girl’s club in the United States and promotes positive life choices for underprivileged youth in one of the poorest areas of South Africa. The idea of the facility was conceived by Wagner, created by CTC Ten and is now managed by South African NGO Amandla Edufootball. The F&M soccer team travels to Cape Town every three years in support of the facility.  Wagner also works closely with F&M’s Ware Institutes for Civic Engagement in supporting faculty and student study abroad, volunteer and community based learning experiences.
In addition to his time at Franklin & Marshall, Wagner is the Co-Director of Tactical Team Trainers, conducting high school soccer team and player development camps. Dan’s Co-Director is Mark Wagner who serves as the men’s soccer coach of Eastern University in St. Davids Pa. 

Wagner first went from the pitch to the sideline at Northern York High School, coaching the girls' junior varsity (1994) and varsity (1995) teams. From Dillsburg, it was on to Pequea Valley High School, where he stood at the helm for two seasons. In that time, he raised the varsity boys' program from a 5-13 record in 1997, to 14-4 in 1998. The sudden turnaround earned Wagner the 1998 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section III Coach of the Year award, and demonstrated his uncanny knack for making his teams instantly competitive.

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.

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