After authoring the most successful season in Christopher Newport women's soccer in 2018, head coach Dan Weiler has already etched his name among the elite coaches all-time at CNU, in the conference, and nationally. Entering his seventh season in 2019, Weiler has compiled an overall record of 97-19-9 (.812) overall record while dominating conference play to the tune of a 47-2-2 mark against league foes (.941).
The aforementioned 2018 season saw the Captains become the first soccer team in school history to reach the Division III National Semifinals as Christopher Newport wrapped up the campaign with a record 21-2-0 season. Along the way, the Captains secured their sixth straight regular season conference title, third consecutive conference tournament championship, and danced deeper into the NCAA Tournament than ever before. For their efforts, Weiler's squad wrapped up the season with a program-high No. 4 national ranking by both the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com.
The sixth coach in CNU women's soccer history, Weiler has been at the helm for a tremendous start to his coaching career in Newport News. In his first six seasons, Weiler has established the Captains as a dominant presence in the Capital Athletic Conference while growing the program's reputation regionally and nationally.
Prior to the benchmark 2018 campaign, Christopher Newport started to turn heads under their head coach in the 2016 season. CNU surged up the national rankings en route to one of the finest years in program history as the Captains won more games, posted the best winning percentage, and tied the record for shutouts in a season while also winning the team's first Capital Athletic Conference Championship. CNU went 17-3-1 while capturing a fourth straight CAC regular season title, the CAC tournament championship, and a win in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.
For his efforts, Weiler was named the VaSID State Coach of the Year and also collected his second CAC Coach of the Year honor.
Immediately following the success of 2016, the Captains continued to raise the bar in 2017. With one of the most potent offensive units in the nation and a stifling defense, the 2017 version of Weiler's squad once again was a record-breaking unit. CNU went 19-1-1, re-setting the mark for most wins, fewest losses, and finest winning percentage for a single season. The Captains also broke the program goals and points scored records while posting the lowest single season goals-against average in CNU lore.
He once again was named the CAC and VaSID State Coach of the Year while leading Gabby Gillis to a first team All-American distinction, the first in program history. Along the way, the Captains vaulted into the top ten in the national rankings for the first time in over a decade, earning the highest designation ever at the time, ranked No. 7.
Then came the 2018 season in which Gillis repeated as a first team All-American and was named the D3soccer.com National Midfielder of the Year. Alongside her individual accomplishment, Weiler was also selected as the D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year, becoming just the fourth helmsman in Christopher Newport Athletics history to earn the top coaching honors for his or her sport. He was also named the VaSID State Coach of the Year and the United Soccer Coaches South Atlantic Coaching Staff of the Year.
In his first two seasons, Weiler helped guide CNU to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with a pair of regular season conference championships in the books. The Captains missed the postseason in 2015, but captured a third straight regular season conference title. CNU has been a dominant force in league play, winning over 94% of their conference matchups to set a new conference record. Heading into 2019, the Captains have won 18 straight conference games and are unbeaten in 33 straight (32-0-1) since the first CAC game of 2015, setting a new program record for consecutive games without a loss.
In 2013, CNU posted a 14-4-2 overall mark, captured the top seed in the CAC Tournament and earned Weiler his first CAC Coach of the Year honor. In 2014, he backed up that season with a 12-4-4 overall record and an unbeaten conference season at 8-0-1, en route to a second straight at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Rounding out his first three years, Weiler's Captains matched the most wins since 2010 with a 14-5-1 record, including an 8-1-0 mark in CAC action.
Weiler has recruited four of the last six CAC Rookies of the Year and has also guided a trio of players to Player of the Year status. He has been on the sidelines as Emma O'Reilly became the all-time leading scorer in 2013, and again when Victoria Perry surpassed her mark in 2016. In total, the Captains have garnered 17 All-Region accolades under Weiler, while Perry became the first All-American in his tenure following her stellar senior season in 2016. Gillis was recognized in back-to-back years as a first team All-American and Riley Cook joined her in 2018 to become the third under Weiler's tutelage to earn the national plaudits.
Prior to arriving at CNU, Weiler spent the previous 11 years building Concordia College (Minn.) into a regional power- house and consistent national threat. His overall record now ranks 20th among active Division III head coaches with a 241-77-33 mark that equates to a .734 winning percentage.
A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012, Weiler guided Concordia to the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven seasons with the program, including three trips to the Sweet 16.
While at the helm of the Cobbers, he compiled an impressive record of 144-58-24 and was named the Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions. During that time, he coached players to 30 NSCAA All-Region honors and five All-American nods. Off the field, his team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award every year. He also coached 37 Academic All-Conference players, four Scholar All-Americans, and two 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, he was named a finalist for the national girls’ high school coach of the year honor.
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. He and his wife Kilee Kadrie-Weiler currently reside in Newport News, Va. and have two daughters named Fyrn and Noella.