Seven freshmen will help GVSU defend its national title next season
This is the third time DiIanni has been named the national coach of the year
The Lakers won their first national title since 2010
Jenny Shaba scored twice to give the Lakers another shot at a national title
The Lakers are aiming for their fifth national title game appearance
Head coach Dave DiIanni, Kayla Kimble, and Jenny Shaba discuss the Lakers run as they head into the second half of the season.
GVSU head soccer coach Dave DiIanni talks about his 200th career victory, the Lakers' strong start to 2013, and playing as the #1 ranked team in the country
Host DJ Foster previews the upcoming week in Laker athletics, highlighted by the home football game against Truman State and the soccer home opener against Minnesota State
GVSU head coach Dave DiIanni gives an update on the summer happenings with the Laker women's soccer team
The 12th episode of The Dave DiIanni Show, a weekly look at the GVSU soccer team during the 2012 season
Dave DiIanni (de-ANN-ee) recently finished his 11th season as the head women's soccer coach at Grand Valley State University. DiIanni has amassed a 221-18-18 (.895) record and has guided the Lakers to three NCAA Division II national championships, nine consecutive GLIAC titles , seven Final Four appearances in the past eight seasons and 11 straight NCAA Tournament berths. DiIanni is just the second head coach in the program's 18-season history. His .895 winning percentage ranks him first among active Division II head coaches and third across all divisions.
Most recently, DiIanni guided GVSU to its third national title in the past five seasons and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year for a third time. Despite losing the top six point-getters from their previous campaign, the Lakers scored the second-most goals in program history (88), matched a program record with 21 shutouts and won the most games in school history (24). GVSU posted a 24-0-1 overall record and went 12-0 in GLIAC play to capture its ninth straight conference title. The Lakers also went on to win their seventh consecutive GLIAC Tournament championship. An experienced backline helped GVSU open the season with 13 straight shutouts, which matched the second longest streak in Division II history. Kayla Kimble, Abbey Miller, Jenny Shaba, Marti Corby and Tayler Ward all garnered Daktronics, Inc. All-American Honors.
DiIanni was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year after leading GVSU to its 10th straight NCAA Tournament berth with the Lakers' eighth straight GLIAC Tournament title. Ashley Botts, Alyssa Mira and Chelsea Parise each earned NSCAA and Daktronics, Inc. All-American hours, while Parise earned Academic All-American first team honors from CoSIDA. DiIanni helped GVSU to its fourth straight NCAA Final Four game and a No. 3 national ranking to close out the season.
The 2011 GLIAC Coach of the Year led the Lakers to a 20-1-4 record and a runner-up finish at the NCAA National Championship. GVSU spent most of the season ranked in the Top 10 in the country in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and remained unbeaten at home to finish the year. Three Lakers earned spots on the NSCAA All-American team, while six were named to the Daktronics All-America teams. Ashley Botts was awarded with the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for her performance on the field and in the classroom.
Guiding the Lakers to back-to-back NCAA DII National Championships and a 22-1-2 record in 2010. GVSU finished the regular season ranked No. 9 team in the nation and set two NCAA DII records for most shutouts in a season with 21 and set a tournament record with 17 goals scored. The tough Laker backline also held opponents to just five goals on the year, which were all recorded on the road and during the regular season. Senior defender Jenna Wenglinski was the second Laker to be honored with the NSCAA Women's NCAA Division II National Player of the Year.
During the 2009 campaign, GVSU notched an undefeated record of 22-0-4 and claimed the program's first national championship title. The Lakers were undefeated in regular season for the third consecutive year at 17-0-2. GVSU ended the regular season ranked the No. 3 team in the nation and won its fifth consecutive GLIAC title. Following the season, two Lakers were named to all-american teams and forward Irie Dennis was named the NSCAA Women's NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. DiIanni was named the 2009 CaptainU Division II Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
In 2008, DiIanni led the Lakers to their second consecutive undefeated regular season with a 21-0 overall record. GVSU was ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA for 11 consecutive weeks. Grand Valley State closed out the season with a 22-1 record and a spot in the Midwest Regional Championship, as well as its fourth consecutive GLIAC title. Three Lakers were named to all-american teams following the season.
After leading his 2007 squad to a perfect 17-0-0 regular season record and a school-record 21-1-1 overall record, DiIanni was named the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. He led the Lakers to their second trip to the NCAA Final Four in as many years. GVSU was ranked No. 1 overall for nine consecutive weeks in 2007. The Lakers claimed their third straight GLIAC title and second straight Great Lakes Regional Title, as well as the inaugural GLIAC Tournament title.
In 2006, DiIanni improved upon his previous success at Grand Valley State. Once again, the Lakers had a school-best year, finishing with a record of 19-2-1. GVSU advanced all the way to the school's first NCAA Division II National Championship game before losing 1-0, in overtime, to Metro State.
Then-sophomore Katy Tafler set a school record, notching 33 goals and 73 points on the year, breaking her own records of 25 goals and 58 points set in 2005. Tafler also placed first in the nation in Division II, recording 3.32 points per contest. For his accomplishments, DiIanni was named the NSCAA/Adidas Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
DiIanni guided the Lakers through a year of firsts in 2005, capturing GVSU's first-ever GLIAC and NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. The 19-3 overall record was, at the time, the best in school history, with the Lakers rolling off 11 consecutive victories in the season. GVSU finished the season ranked eighth in the NSCAA/Adidas national poll.
The Lakers' 7-1 GLIAC record helped them claim their first-ever Great Lakes Regional Championship and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. GVSU captured the regional title with a 1-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville and a 2-0 win over host Northern Kentucky in the final. The Lakers dropped a 2-0 decision to eventual national champion Nebraska-Omaha in the quarterfinals.
In 2004, DiIanni's Lakers recorded a 15-5 overall record, while finishing second in GLIAC play with a conference mark of 6-2. GVSU made its second-straight NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship appearance. The Lakers fell to host Wisconsin-Parkside.
In his first season, DiIanni guided the Lakers to a then-school best record of 17-2-2 (.857) in 2003. GVSU recorded its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as it hosted the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship. GVSU defeated Wisconsin-Parkside 4-0 in the first game before falling, 4-3, to Northern Kentucky in the championship match.
DiIanni joined Grand Valley State after seven years as the head coach of the Jackson Lumen Christi High School women's soccer team. DiIanni also spent three years as an assistant coach at Hillsdale College, where he helped begin the men's and women's soccer programs. During his stint at Hillsdale, the women's team finished fourth in the GLIAC in just their third season. The men's team was also nationally ranked for one week.
DiIanni turned in a 100-19-18 overall coaching record while at Lumen Christi helping the Titans advanced to the state finals in 2000, dropping a 1-0 decision to Detroit Country Day. In addition, Lumen Christi made it to the state semifinals three times under DiIanni and to the regional finals twice. DiIanni was a five-time district coach of the year and a four-time regional coach of the year.
DiIanni has spent seven years working with the Olympic Development Program in Michigan, training and developing the highest level of soccer in the state. He is presently the head coach of the 97 ODP age group. He is also a USSF B-licensed coach, which is highly recognizable among soccer coaches.
DiIanni and his wife, Kristy, have an nine-year old daughter, Karissa, and a five-year old named Kelsey.