Seven-Year Coaching Vet Brings Impressive Soccer Resume
Daniel Dobson returns for his third season as the top assistant on John Hedlund's coaching staff. After a successful run in Major League Soccer, Dobson started out as a part-time assistant at North Texas and moved into a full-time position in 2014.
Since Dobson joined the Mean Green, he has helped lead North Texas to three regular-season titles, two conference tournament championships and two trips to the NCAA tournament.
In 2015, Dobson helped coach the Mean Green to what might go down as the best team in program history. North Texas won a school-record 19 games, en route to winning back-to-back regular season titles. The team won its first Conference USA Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in school history. The 2015 team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the central region and received votes in the national poll throughout the season.
The 2014 team won its first Conference USA regular-season title behind a record of 16-5-1 and 14 shutouts. Rachel Holden, Karla Pineda and Jackie Kerestine received all-conference honors for their play in 2014.
In 2013, North Texas finished second in C-USA and advanced to the conference finals. Dobson helped coach the 2013 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (Rachel Holden) and 2013 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (Kelsey Hodges). Hodges went on to sign a professional contract with the Seattle Sounders Women in 2014 and a Division I team in Sweden.
As a player, Dobson was a standout for Memphis from 2001-04. He was named team captain for his senior year and led the Tigers win a C-USA regular season and tournament championship. He became the first Memphis product to sign a Major League Soccer contract, and spent time with both the Kansas City Wizards and Chivas USA.
After his playing career, Dobson has spent 10 years coaching club, academy, high school and collegiate soccer squads throughout the Metroplex. This will be his fifth season with the Mean Green program.
Dobson is a graduate of Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas.