Thursday, January 11, 2018

Danny Wheelan Named Bloomsburg University Head Men's Soccer Coach

Men's Soccer
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Bloomsburg University today announced the hiring of Danny Wheelan as the new head men's soccer coach. Wheelan replaces Paul Payne who, after 19 seasons at the helm of the program, leaves as the school's all-time winningest coach. He will officially assume the role on January 27.

Wheelan is no stranger to Bloomsburg as he served as Payne's graduate assistant coach during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns while also serving in the same capacity for the women's soccer program in 2012.

"We are excited about having Danny Wheelan return to Bloomsburg University," Director of Athletics Dr. Michael McFarland said. "He is a proven leader who excels in recruiting and molding young student-athletes into outstanding citizens. We welcome him, and his wife Erin, to the Husky family and look forward to his return to the sidelines at Steph Pettit Stadium."

"I would like to thank President Hanna, Vice President Somerville, Dr. McFarland, and the search committee at Bloomsburg University for entrusting me with this opportunity," said Wheelan. "I am honored to return to the place where I began my college soccer coaching career. Coach Payne has built a tremendous men's soccer program over the last 20 years and has been a great mentor and friend to me. I am very proud to have the opportunity to continue to lead this team to great success on the field and in the classroom."

Wheelan returns to Bloomsburg after four seasons as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program at Barry University. During his time with the Buccaneers, he helped the team to a 46-12-8 mark, including 26-4-5 in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Barry won SSC regular season titles in 2014 and 2015, along with the 2015 SSC Tournament championship. Barry won the South Region title in 2015 as well, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

"I would also like to thank Barry University, in particular Athletic Director Mike Covone, current Head coach Sarah Dacey, and former Head Coach Denise Brolly for their support, guidance, and education during my time there," continued Wheelan. "I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with great coaches, staff, and players who I know will have continued success in the future."

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Wheelan was a member of the Scotland Schoolboys Under-18 National team before coming to the United States to play collegiate soccer in 2003. He was a four-year starter and two-year captain at NCAA Division I Loyola University-Maryland where he garnered All-Conference honors and was a member of two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title-winning teams. After graduation, he returned to Scotland where he played semi-professionally and began his coaching career.

Wheelan currently holds the NSCAA Advanced National and National Coaching Diplomas as well as coaching diplomas from the Scottish Football Association for Kids Level 1,2,3, Youth Level 1,2,3, Goalkeeping Level 1, and a special topics diploma in Coaching Footballers with Disabilities. He is also currently working on his USSF Coaching Licenses.

While at Loyola, he graduated with a degree in International Business in 2007 and completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Bloomsburg in the summer of 2014.

"It's a dream come true to return to Bloomsburg and lead the men's soccer team," concluded Wheelan. "This is a community that I love and a program that has always been near and dear to my heart. I can't wait to get started."

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