Central Methodist University - Women's Soccer

Coaches

Dan Schmidlin
Head Coach

Dan Schmidlin enters his twelfth season as the head coach for the Central Methodist University women’s soccer program in 2019. (2008-present). He spent six seasons as the Eagles' head men's soccer coach (2008-13).
 
In 2018, Coach Schmidlin lead the lady eagles to a record of 16-6. CMU finished the regular season as runner up in the conference and runner up in the conference tournament. The Lady Eagles were in the top 25 or receiving votes in every poll throughout the year. CMU women’s soccer finished with back to back 16 win seasons to go along with back to back national tournament appearances. During the 2018 season, Coach Schmidlin coached 8 all conference players and 2 All Americans.

In 2017, Coach Schmidlin lead the lady eagles to a 16-3-2 record.  Won a conference championship and held a top 10 national ranking for most of the season.  The Lady Eagles soared as high as #7 in the nation and finished the season #18 in the country.  They made a National Tournament appearance as well.  Coach Schmidlin was named Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) coach of the year.  He also received the United Soccer Coaches Association Midwest Regional Staff of the year.  During the season, Coach Schmidlin surpassed 100 career wins as a Head Coach.  During the 2017 season, Coach Schmidlin had the first two All-American’s in school history as well as the conference defensive player of the year.

Since splitting the programs: Coach Schmidlin has gone (65-23-12), which is a 77% winning percentage.

In 2016, Coach Schmidlin guided the women’s team to its sixth-straight winning season (13-4-2), as well as posting back-to-back fourth place finishes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

In 2013, Coach Schmidlin coached the first CMU men's soccer NAIA Player of the Week.  

Coach Schmidlin's career record with the women’s team is 102-65-19. His record with the men's team was 50-51-7.

In 2012 under Coach Schmidlin’s guidance, the women’s soccer team posted a record of 11-7 and had four players named All-HAAC. The Eagles have accumulated a 83-34-16 record since 2011.

In 2012, the men’s soccer team recorded the best season in school history at 12-6-1. Throughout the year, they received votes for the NAIA Top 25 rankings for the first time in school history. They had three players named All-HAAC. The Eagles finished fifth in the conference, a program record.

In 2011 under Coach Schmidlin’s guidance the women’s soccer team shattered records. The women’s soccer team recorded the best season in school history with a record of 14-3-2. This record led to a third place conference finish, also best in school history.  During this 2011 season, CMU Women’s soccer team received national votes for top 25 ranking for the first time in school history. Back in 2009, Coach Schmidlin's women posted at the time the best record in program history, finishing 10-7-1.

In 2011 under Coach Schmidlin’s guidance the men’s soccer team posted one of the best seasons in school history with a record of 9-8-0. The 2011 season was the first time in CMU soccer history that both men & women had a winning season in the same year.  It was also the first time in CMU soccer history both teams made the post season HAAC conference tournament in the same season.

During Coach Schmidlin’s career at CMU, he helped guide 37 players to receiving All-HAAC awards. He also coached the first CMU player to receive HAAC Offensive MVP honors in 2009. He also coached the first CMU women’s soccer player to win HAAC Defensive Player of the year honors in 2017.  He also coached the HAAC Freshman of the year in 2017.  In 2017 Coach Schmidlin coached two All-Americans.  First ones in School history.

Coach Schmidlin is also the head coach of the '99 Missouri girls ODP team.  He has been on the Missouri ODP staff for 10years, and 3 years with Ohio South. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National coaching license and several other licenses. He is a member of the United Soccer Coaches Association.

Coach Schmidlin has accumulated over 18 years of coaching experience, and is on the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching staff.  Coach Schmidlin began his coaching career as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Springboro High School (Springboro, Ohio). Coach Schmidlin was also the head coach for several club teams in Dayton, Ohio, and Ohio South ODP.  Through his club coaching, Coach Schmidlin helped develop two collegiate All-Americans and helped develop many players who continued their careers at NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA levels.

As a player, Coach Schmidlin was a four-year letter winner as a defender and midfielder for Muskingum University (Ohio).

Coach Schmidlin played two seasons for Dayton's amateur soccer team.

Coach Schmidlin earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a minor in Business from Muskingum in 2004. He earned a Master's degree in Education from Central Methodist in 2010.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Coach Schmidlin attended Springboro High School. Dan resides with his wife, Jill Schmidlin, and their three kids, Aiden (14), Ellie (12), and Beckam (2).

Tyler Watkins
Assistant Coach

Tyler Watkins will enter his first season as the head assistant coach in 2018.

Watkins comes to Central Methodist after a two-year stint at Kansas State University, where he was a volunteer assistant women's soccer coach. In his two years, he was in charge of coaching the goalkeepers, video analysis, scouting, and was the Assistant Director of camps and clinics. Watkins was part of the inaugural staff that set the foundation for the new Big 12 program. During his time, the Kansas State goalkeepers were ranked nationally, in the top 50, in multiple statistical categories.

Prior to arriving at Kansas State, Watkins was the head women's soccer coach at NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference member, Clarke University from 2012-15. Under his direction, Clarke honored 22 Midwest Collegiate Conference All-Conference players, two AII All-Conference players, 57 MCC All-Conference players, and one two-time Academic All-American. Before taking over the women's program at Clarke University, Watkins served as an assistant coach on both the Clarke men's and women's soccer team in 2010-11.

Watkins has 10 years of coaching experience at the Club, State ODP, and Regional ODP levels throughout the Midwest. He has a NSCAA national diploma, a NSCAA advanced national goalkeeping diploma and a USSF "D" License.

Stephen Main
Assistant Coach

Stephen Main enters his second season as an assistant coach in 2018.

Prior to joining Central Methodist, Main was an associate coach for three seasons with the men’s program at his alma mater, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.

Main, a native of Prestwick, Scotland, spent five years coaching with Ayr United Football Academy, a professional youth Academy in Ayr, Scotland. He worked primarily with the U15 – U19 age groups. Main has also spent six months volunteering as a soccer coach in Ghana, Africa.

Since his arrival in the United States in 2010, Main has travelled all over the country working with numerous soccer clubs, camps and academies in a variety of coaching and administrative roles. Main holds his UEFA C License and is USSF certified.

A 2017 graduate of Lindenwood University - St. Charles, Main earned his Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education. He is currently working towards his Master’s in Education at Central Methodist University.

Mariana Brito Neves
Assistant Coach

Mariana Brito Neves will enter her first season as an assistant coach in 2018. 

Prior to joining Central Methodist, Brito Neves was an assistant coach of the Haitian Women's National Team for four seasons. She has also played professionally and coached in Brazil and France. 

Originally from Piracicaba, Brazil, Brito Neves first arrived in the United States in 2009. Since then, she has traveled all over the U.S. and other countries working with numerous soccer clubs, academies, and professional players in a variety of coaching and administrative roles. She is USSF certified, in addition to holding multiple other licenses and certifications. 

A 2015 graduate of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, Brito Neves earned her Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Management. She is currently working toward her Masters of Education at Central Methodist University.