University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta named Dave DiIanni as Hawkeyes’ new soccer coach Saturday, the university announced in a news release.
DiIanni spent the past 11 seasons as head coach at Grand Valley State.
DiIanni, a native of Ontario, Canada, has a 221-18-18 record and has guided the Lakers to three NCAA Division II national championships, nine-consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference titles, seven Final Four appearances in the last eight seasons, 11-straight NCAA Tournament berths, and coached 21 All-Americans.
DiIanni’s .895 winning percentage is the best in Division II and the third-highest amongst all coaches in any division.
“I’m excited to welcome Dave to the Hawkeye family,” Barta said in the release. “He has a plan and approach that has resulted in winning multiple national championships. He is passionate about the sport of soccer, cares deeply about his student-athletes, and shares our values. I’m confident he’ll be successful at Iowa.”
In 2013, DiIanni guided Grand Valley State to its third national title in five seasons and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year for a third time.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity to be the head soccer coach at the University of Iowa,” said DiIanni, who has posted seven-straight 20-win seasons and has never won fewer than 15 games per season as a college head coach. “I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Gary Barta and Jane Meyer in choosing me to lead this program.
“I am going to take full advantage of it, to not only springboard off the fantastic season the team had last year, but to sustain it and move it to higher levels.”
DiIanni joined Grand Valley State after a seven-year run as head coach of the Jackson Lumen Christi High School women’s soccer team. He also spent three years as an assistant coach at Hillsdale College, where he helped begin the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
DiIanni earned his associate’s degree from Seneca College in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University in 1997. He and his wife, Kristy, have two daughters, Karissa (11) and Kelsey (7).
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