Dan Wagner

Dan Wagner

  • Title:
    Head Coach
  • Phone:
    717-572-9865
  • Email:
    dan.wagner@fandm.edu
  • Summary:
    Dan Wagner enters his 22nd season as the squad's mentor in the fall of 2023. A three-time United Soccer Coaches/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Wagner has turned the Diplomats into a consistent national player. From 2006 to present, the Diplomats have participated in the NCAA tournament 11 times.
  • Alma Mater:
    Messiah '95
  • Experience:
    22nd Season

The 19th head coach in Franklin & Marshall's history, Dan Wagner enters his 22nd season as the squad's mentor in the fall of 2023. A three-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 18 straight winning seasons, including 13 consecutive appearances in the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs. From 2006 to present, the Diplomats have participated in the NCAA tournament 11 times and were 12 times ranked in the top 25 of the national rankings at the season's end. F&M has earned nine consecutive NCAA bids, the longest streak in Centennial history. He is the winningest coach in Centennial history and holds the second-most victories all-time.  

Wagner’s players have been named All-America 11 times during his tenure and CC Players of the Year in four seasons. He was honored as the Centennial's coach of the year following a 2019 season that saw defender Connor Whitacre before the first member of program and CC history to be named the D3soccer.com Defender of the Year. He earned that same honor following the 2022 season where Shay Adamson became the program's most recent All-American with his second-team recognition.

Under Wagner’s leadership, his Diplomat squads have obtained unparalleled success in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 on four occasions – a streak that ran from 2013-16 and was matched by only five teams in the nation during that period. Two of Wagner’s teams advanced as far as the NCAA Elite Eight, with the first being in 2013 and the most recent accomplishment occurring in 2016.

Centennial Conference Championships have also become a hallmark of Wagner’s tenure at F&M, with the Diplomats capturing the only two crowns in the program’s history – the first in 2013 with a 2-1 2OT thriller over Dickinson, as well as a 1-0 shutout over Dickinson to earn the title in 2017. 

F&M has also been recognized nationally as one of Division III’s most respected and successful programs with a consistent place in the top-25 rankings. The 2015 squad became the first in program history to reach No. 1 in the nation – a reign the Diplomats held for four consecutive weeks, while the 2016 team finished at No. 6 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) National Poll – the highest ever for F&M. During the 2021 season, Franklin & Marshall was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the regular season.

Wagner's soccer pedigree is rich. Steeped in the storied 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. 

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.

Career Highlights 

  • Three-time NSCAA/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
  • Winningest Coach in F&M Men’s Soccer History
  • Active Wins Leaders Among Centennial Coaches, Second All-Time
  • Two Centennial Conference Championships
  • Four NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances
  • Two NCAA Elite Eight Appearances
  • Undefeated Regular Season in 2014
  • Reached No. 1 Ranking in 2015
  • 18 Straight Winning Seasons
  • 13 Consecutive CC Playoff Appearances
  • Coached 11 All-Americans, Four CC Players of the Year, One National Defender of the Year
  • Two-time Centennial Conference Coach of the Year (2019, 2022)

Wagner File
  Overall CC Conference  
Year Won Loss Tie Pct. Won Loss Tie Pct. Accolades
2002 8 9 2 .474 7 2 0 .777 CC Tournament Appearance
2003 3 9 3 .300 1 6 2 .222  
2004 11 5 3 .658 5 3 1 .611 CC, ECAC Tournament Appearance
2005 8 5 3 .594 5 4 0 .555  
2006 13 4 3 .650 6 1 2 .777 NCAA Tournament Appearance
2007 15 4 0 .789 6 4 0 .600 NCAA Tournament Appearance
2008 8 5 4 .588 3 2 4 .555  
2009 9 6 3 .583 5 3 2 .600 CC Playoff Appearance
2010 9 4 3 .656 5 2 3 .650 CC Playoff Appearance
2011 10 5 3 .611 5 3 1 .611 Finished Season Ranked No. 23 in Nation
2012 12 6 0 .666 5 4 0 .555 Became Program's All-Time Wins Leader
2013 17 4 2 .783 5 3 1 .611 CC Champ., NCAA Elite Eight Appearance
2014 16 2 3 .833 9 1 2 .769 Reached No. 4 Ranking, NCAA Sweet 16
2015 17 4 0 .814 7 2 0 .777 First-Ever No. 1 Ranking, NCAA Sweet 16
2016 15 4 4 .739 7 1 1 .875 NCAA Elite Eight Appearance
2017 11 6 2 .632 7 1 1 .875 CC Champ., NCAA Tournament Appearance
2018 14 4 3 .738 5 1 3 .722 Reached No. 5 Ranking, NCAA Tournament Appearance
2019 17 3 1 .833 8 1 0 .889 Reached No. 3 Ranking, Centennial Coach of the Year
2020 - - - - - - - - Season canceled (COVID-19)
2021 15 4 1 .775 6 2 1 .722 Reached No. 2 Ranking, NCAA Tournament Second Round
2022 13 2 5 .775 7 0 2 .889 CC Reg. Season Champ, NCAA Tournament Second Round
21 Seasons 241 95 48 .690 114 46 26 .682