Central Methodist University - Women's Soccer


Dan Schmidlin
Head Coach

Dan Schmidlin enters his 12th season as the head women’s soccer coach in 2019. Schmidlin’s first six seasons in Fayette saw him pull double-duty by coaching the men’s soccer program, as well.

Entering the 2019 season, Schmidlin has amassed a 118-71-19 record with the women’s soccer program. Since splitting his duties in 2013 and focusing on the women’s program, Schmidlin has guided the Eagles to a 65-23-12 record.

Central Methodist has qualified for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship in two straight seasons, the first women’s soccer teams to do so in Central Methodist history. In 2017, the Eagles won the regular season Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in school history. The 2018 squad reached the finals of the conference tournament for the first time in school history.

After breaking into the national poll for the first time in September 2017, Central Methodist has consistently found itself in the rankings. The Eagles climbed as high as No. 7 in November 2017, holding a Top 15 national ranking for eight consecutive weeks during that 2017 season. Central Methodist was ranked No. 18 to begin the 2018 season.

In 2017, Schmidlin was named the Heart Conference Coach of the Year and his staff was named the United Soccer Coaches Association Midwest Regional Staff of the Year. He also surpassed 100 career wins against William Penn on Oct. 21.

Under Schmidlin’s guidance, the women’s soccer program has produced 40 All-Conference honorees, 36 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, and four NAIA All-Americans. Schmidlin also coached the Heart Freshman of the Year (Anika Kallash) and the Heart Defensive Player of the Year (Luci Brasil) in 2017.

Central Methodist has recorded eight straight winning seasons, setting the program-record for wins with 16 in back-to-back seasons. Back in 2011, Schmidlin led both the men’s and women’s soccer programs to a winning record and conference tournament berth for the first time in school history.

Schmidlin holds his NSCAA Advanced National coaching license and several other licenses. He is also a member of the United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA). Schmidlin began his coaching career as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Springboro High School, in Ohio.

As a player, Schmidlin was a four-year letter-winner as a defender and midfielder for Muskingum University (Ohio). He also played two seasons for Dayton's amateur soccer team.

A 2004 graduate of Muskingum, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a minor in Business. He earned a Master's degree in Education from Central Methodist in 2010.

Tyler Watkins
Assistant Coach

Tyler Watkins enters his second season as the head assistant coach with the women’s soccer program in 2019.

He helped the Eagles return to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round for the second straight season in 2018. Central Methodist finished as the runner-up in the Heart Conference Tournament, the furthest the Eagles have ever advanced. Finishing with a 16-6 record, the Eagles tied a program-high for single-season wins.

Watkins came to Central Methodist after a two-year stint at Kansas State University. He was in charge of coaching the goalkeepers, video analysis, and scouting. He also served as the Assistant Director of camps and clinics. During his time in Manhattan, KSU goalkeepers ranked in the top 50 nationally in multiple statistical categories. Watkins played a crucial role in setting the foundation for a new program competing in the Big 12 Conference.

Prior to arriving at Kansas State, Watkins served as the head women’s soccer coach at Clarke University (Iowa) from 2012-15. He coached 37 Academic All-Conference athletes and 12 MCC All-Conference players during his tenure. Before taking the reins of the women’s program, Watkins pulled double-duty as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs for two seasons.

Watkins began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, NCAA D-II Upper Iowa University, in 2008. Since then, he has accumulated over 10 years of coaching experience at the club, state ODP, and regional ODP levels throughout the Midwest. He has an NSCAA national diploma, an NSCAA advanced national goalkeeping diploma, and a USSF “D” License.

Before jumping into the coaching ranks, Watkins was a two-year starting goalkeeper at Upper Iowa. His college career ended in his junior season due to a knee injury.

Watkins graduated from Upper Iowa in 2008 with a degree in Sport Management and minor in coaching.

Mariana Brito Neves
Assistant Coach

Mariana Brito Neves enters her second season as an assistant coach in 2019.

Brito Neves was a member of the coaching staff that guided the Eagles to a second-straight appearance in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. The Eagles upset No. 25 MidAmerica Nazarene to advance to the Heart Conference Tournament championship game and punch its ticket to nationals. With a 16-6 record, Central matched a program-high for single-season wins. 

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 Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Management. She is currently working toward her Masters of Education at Central Methodist University.

Sam White
Assistant Coach

Sam White enters his first season as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program in 2019.

White joins Coach Schmidlin’s staff after starring as a forward at the University of Mobile (Ala.) for two seasons. He helped the Rams to a conference title, a No. 6 national ranking, and a quarterfinal berth in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. The London, England native was named conference tournament MVP and SSAC All-Conference Second Team for his prowess on the pitch. In the classroom, White was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Conference.

Before heading south to Mobile, White began his college career at the JUCO level, spending two seasons at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

Back home in England, White played for both Farnborough Football Academy and Pulse Premier Academy. It was at Pulse where White earned his FA Level One coaching badge.

White has coaching experience at multiple levels and age groups. In addition to conducting private 1-on-1 sessions, White has coached at Daphne Strike in Alabama, Heart Mountain Soccer in Wyoming, and Erie Premier Sports in Pennsylvania.

White graduated from the University of Mobile in 2018 with a degree in business administration. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Education with an emphasis on athletic administration from Central Methodist University.