DSC’s Own Dan Ridenhour Appointed Winthrop Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Discoveries would like to congratulate our own Dan Ridenhour on his recent promotion to the Head Coaching role at Winthrop Men’s Soccer. This past year Dan has been responsible for DSC 01 Gold and DSC 99 Gold.

Dave Carton on Ridenhour’s appointment;

“We’re all excited for Dan and looking forward to seeing how he fares this Fall. Dan has been a fixture in the soccer community here for a long time and he deserves this opportunity. I have worked with Dan as a player and as a coach and I have always found his work on the field to be dynamic, player-centric and innovative. He’s a hard working recruiter and hopefully he will be given the support he needs to be a success. Everyone at DSC is behind Dan and the WU program”.

Ridenhour spent the past eight seasons as the associate head coach and the past 12 as an assistant with the Eagles and will take over for Rich Posipanko, who recently down as Eagle head coach.

“First, I would like to thank President Dr. Daniel F. Mahony and Athletic Director Tom Hickman for the opportunity to assume the role as head soccer coach at Winthrop University,” said Ridenhour, who will become the fourth coach in the history of the men’s soccer program. “I have had the great privilege to work for the Gaffer “Rich Posipanko” for the past 12 years. He has been instrumental in my career and life and I would like to thank him for setting the standard to which we should all strive for daily. He has worked tirelessly over the past 27 years to put Winthrop University soccer on the map and to honor the tradition set forth by Dr. Jim Casada. I am truly grateful for the Gaffer’s support.

“My wife, Emily and I, are excited to be able to stay in Rock Hill and have our family ingrained in this wonderful community. I would be remiss if I did not thank my parents for getting me involved in the game at a young age and sparking my love for soccer. I would also like to thank each coach that I played for and have worked under as they have all been wonderful mentors and friends.

Ridenhour came to the Winthrop program in 2004 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia State. During his time with the Eagles, Ridenhour has helped the program capture four Big South Conference championships and five NCAA College Cup appearances. In 2012 he helped guide the team to the program’s first ever advancement in the NCAA College Cup as it got by SMU to make the Round of 32.

“I look forward to getting back with our returning players in January and gearing our focus to the 2016 season,” Ridenhour added. “It is important for me, that we work to continue to build onto and honor the tradition of our alumni. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the soccer program at Winthrop University.”

While at Georgia State he worked as an assistant coach for the Georgia Boys Olympic Development Program. His 87 Georgia ODP State team won the 2004 ODP Region Championship and went to the National Championship in 2005. In addition he was a staff coach for the Forsyth Fusion Club as he trained teams and also provided assistance to club coaches. In 2004 he completed his Master of Science in Sport Administration at Georgia State.

The Memphis, TN native played his college soccer at Old Dominion University where he was a four-year letterman and a team captain in 2000. While at ODU he was a student-athlete mentor and part of the student-athlete advisory council. He graduated from ODU in December of 2000 with a bachelor of science with an emphasis in sport management and a minor in business management.

Ridenhour holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and is always looking to improve his coaching education by attending numerous clinics and coaching schools throughout the year.

He resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife Emily, their two daughters, Phoebe and Winnie Alewine, and sons Paco Roo and Captain.

“I couldn’t be happier for Daniel’s appointment as the new head men’s soccer coach at Winthrop University,” said Posipanko, who will step down after 27 seasons at the conclusion of 2015 with the Eagles. “If I could have handpicked the next head coach, Dan would have been my recommendation. The soccer program has been very successful over the 12 years that Dan has been here as the assistant coach and associate head coach. While he’s been here we’ve been to the Big South Championship Game six times (winning five), the NCAA College Cup six times, and having over a dozen players move on to the professional level to being in the national polls on a regular basis, Dan certainly deserves much of this credit. I feel confident that he will continue the success that the soccer program has had over the past 40-plus years that Jim Casada started back in 1975 and I tried to continue. The fact that Winthrop soccer has had two long term coaches and only three in their long history, I think it speaks strongly to the quality of the soccer job and to the fine institution that Winthrop University is. Once Dan completes his coaching staff in the next few weeks, I feel it will be the best in the Big South and feel confident that they continue to compete for championships. I would like to thank Athletic Director Tom Hickman and President Dr. Daniel Mahony for getting this done quickly and making this a very smooth transition which will only have a positive effect on the program.”