Record: 18-3-1 Home: 12-1-1 Away: 5-2 Neutral: 1-0 IIAC: 7-0-1
2011 Women's Soccer Coaches
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Dan Rothert - Head Coach

PH. - 563-588-4936

Former Loras College soccer standout, Dan Rothert has been at the helm of the Duhawk men's and women's soccer programs since 1998. In 13 seasons, Rothert's teams are regarded as some of the best in the country. This past season, both the men and women won the IIAC regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they both advanced to the "Sweet 16". The men's team finished 16-7-1 and with a final national ranking of #15; while the women finished with a school record of 22-1-1 and a final national ranking of #8. His men's teams have won the IIAC the past five seasons and advanced to the NCAA tournament six consecutive seasons where they have had very successful runs at the national level-advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the Final Four in 2007 and 2008. The women's teams have won the Iowa Conference six times and the IIAC Tournament eight times with eight NCAA appearances which were highlighted by runs to the Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2010.

Rothert was named IIAC Coach of the Year for both the men and women in 2010, has been awarded this honor 10 total times in his 13-year career and has been named Regional Coach of the Year three times. Rothert has amassed an impressive career record of 390-150-32 overall (197-79-14 with the men and 193-71-18 with the women) while at Loras. In 10 years, Rothert's teams have set records for winning percentage nearly every season he has coached the Duhawks. His teams have won or shared 12 Iowa Conference Championships (men in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; women in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010) and 11Iowa Conference Tournament titles. Rothert's student-athletes have received many honors both on the field and in the classroom during their careers. Notably, he has mentored six All Americans, four Academic All Americans and eight Iowa Conference MVPs.

Rothert holds the highest soccer coaching licenses attainable. He has obtained the USSF "A" License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma, the NSCAA Goalkeeper National Diploma and US Soccer's National Youth License.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Loras, Rothert was the assistant women's soccer and assistant women's basketball coach at Plattsburgh State (NY) where the soccer team was the 1996 New York State Conference champion. Rothert served as the assistant coach at Loras in the 1997 season and was the head boy's soccer coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 1997-2000, earning "Coach of the Year" honors in 1997.

Rothert has both his undergraduate ('96) and master's ('99) degrees from Loras in Physical Education. He and his wife Karen, a Loras graduate ('98) and former volleyball student-athlete for the Duhawks, reside in Dubuque with their two sons, Danny and Jack.

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Danielle Dodds - Assistant Coach

Danielle (Dani) completed her third season in 2010 as the top women's assistant coach. She was a student-athlete in the program for 2+ seasons and slid into a role as a student coach after battling injuries. Dodds (Gaydusek) scored 14 goals (including three game-winners) and tallied seven assists for the Duhawks.


Upon completion of her undergraduate degreen in Physical Education (Teacher Education), the Omaha, Nebraska native spent time at Western Illinois, where she began completed her masters degree in Sport Psychology. Also while in Dubuque, Dani worked as an assistant soccer coach with the Wahlert High School girl's soccer program for two seasons. Dodds holds multiple certifications, including her USSF National "D" license, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a State of Iowa Coaching License.


Dodds resides in Dubuque with her husband, Mike, and their infant son, Jude.

Kelly Murphy - Student Assistant