After a thorough national search, University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan announced Eric Golz as the head coach of the Dayton women's soccer program on Dec. 20, 2016.
Golz became the fourth coach in the history of the program, taking over for Mike Tucker, who retired after leading the Flyers for 22 seasons. In that time the Flyers won 21 Atlantic 10 women's soccer Regular Season and Tournament titles and made 10 NCAA appearances.
In his first season at UD, Golz led the Flyers back to the A-10 Championship, marking the 21st consecutive time the Flyers have earned a tournament berth, every year since joining the conference. Dayton went 6-3-0 at Baujan Field in 2017, including starting the season with five consecutive home wins, and outscoring opponents 13-0 in those matches. Dayton was 9-9-2 overall. Senior Alexis Kiehl tallied a league-leading 12 goals, bringing her career goals total to 45, tied for fourth all-time at UD. She is just one of nine Flyers to tally more than 20 goals and 20 assists in her career (45 goals, 21 assists). She was named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, selected to the Hermann Watch List, and was named a 2017 Senior CLASS All-American.
Golz came to the Flyers after two seasons as head coach at Illinois State University. In 2016, Illinois State (14-6-3) went on the longest unbeaten streak in program and Missouri Valley Conference history, going 15 matches without a loss. The Redbirds closed out the 2016 campaign with a 3-1 loss at Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Redbirds finished as the MVC Regular Season Champions and MVC Tournament Champions and Golz and his staff were named the 2016 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to landing his first head coaching job at Illinois State, Golz was considered one of the top assistant coaches nationally.
Golz spent three seasons at Maryland as the assistant women's soccer coach from 2012-14, where he helped a Terrapins' defense that gave up the fewest goals for the program in the last seven years during the 2014 season. The 2014 season also marked the sixth-straight season in which Maryland notched a victory against a National College Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSCAA) national top-25 opponent. At Maryland, Golz was also the team's recruiting coordinator, where he put together three-straight top-25 recruiting classes. The Terps finished the 2012 season as runners-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which tied the highest conference finish in program history. During his three seasons at Maryland, Golz helped the team to two ACC Tournament appearances, including a conference championship berth in 2012, as well as one NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2012, the Terrapins were ranked No. 16 in the final NSCAA national poll, while Golz coached five All-ACC student-athletes during his tenure at Maryland.
Prior to Maryland, Golz was an assistant coach at Dayton in 2011, where he also served as the team's recruiting coordinator. In addition, he was responsible for coordinating scouting reports and designing and organizing training sessions for the Flyers. Under Golz's tutelage, the Flyers, which were ranked as high as No. 14 by the NSCAA during the season, won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Dayton finished the 2011 season with the 11th-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 2.52 goals per game.
He was as an assistant coach at Clemson during the 2009 season, where he also served as the recruiting and video coordinator. Under Golz's coordination, the Tigers' 2011 recruiting class featured verbal commitments from players in each of the four regions of the United States.
Golz was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa for three seasons from 2006-08. In that time he helped recruit three classes, which included eight Region II ODP (Olympic Development Program) members and one National Team player. Golz also served as the Hawkeyes' equipment coordinator and camp coordinator.
Golz spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, helping the Falcons to their first two NCAA Tournament berths and back-to-back MAC Tournament Championships. He also served as Bowling Green's recruiting, academic and travel coordinator.
Prior to working at BGSU, Golz spent a season as the assistant men's coach at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his collegiate experiences, Golz has significant experience as a head and assistant coach for both state and regional ODP programs, a variety of clubs, and also served as the head coach for a semi-professional franchise with the Iowa Rush in the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) in 2010. As the head coach of the Rush, Golz ran all aspects of the team, including recruitment, training and fiscal management.
A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Golz was a standout goalkeeper at Grove City College and was an All-Presidents Athletic Conference selection. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2002.
Golz holds a USSF "A" and USSF National Goalkeeping license, as well as a Level 1 Goalkeeping License from the NSCAA and has been a member of the USYSA Region II Olympic Development Program since 2004.
Margaret "Mags" Saurin joined the University of Dayton women's soccer coaching staff in February of 2017.
Saurin works on the technical/tactical development of Dayton's attacking players, team travel, opponent scouting and serves as camp coordinator.
Prior to Dayton, she was the head coach at Oakland. She became the second head coach in Oakland women's soccer history in March of 2014. In 2015, Saurin led the Golden Grizzlies to their first Horizon League Championship and eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
Saurin spent seven seasons as the head coach at IPFW and was the 2012 Summit League Coach of the Year.
Under Saurin, IPFW gathered three consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards as the team posted a grade point average of 3.3 or higher each of her seven seasons. Thirty-six student-athletes garnered Academic All-League honors during her tenure.
Prior to her head coaching stint at IPFW, Saurin got her start at the NCAA Division I level as an assistant coach at Akron for three seasons (2004-07). While with the Zips, Saurin played a key role in securing a top 25 recruiting class in the Great Lakes Region, including two NSCAA High School All-Americans and one Ohio High School Player of the Year.
Saurin spent the 2003 season as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers University, her alma mater. During that season, Christian Brothers captured both the Gulf South Conference regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II round of 16.
Saurin, a United States Soccer Federation "A" licensee, has also coached elite youth players as a staff member of both the Indiana and Ohio North Olympic Development Programs. She also served as the Fort Wayne Sport Club Technical Director for three years.
As a collegiate player, Saurin was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Christian Brothers in 2001 and 2002. During those seasons she tallied 47 goals and 64 assists and aided the Buccaneers to back-to-back NCAA Division II title games, including the team's national championship season in 2002.
Saurin was a member of the Football Association of Ireland's women's national team for eight years and was named MVP and Dana Cup gold medalist in 1996. Saurin also spent one season playing professionally for DBK Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Saurin earned her bachelor of science degree in business with an advanced diploma in administration and marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology Mountjoy Square/Trinity College in 1999. Saurin went on to earn her master's degree in education from Christian Brothers in 2003.
Dean Ward joined the University of Dayton women's soccer staff in February 2017.
Ward works on the technical/tactical development of the Flyer defending players, as well as video analysis, performance analytics, and serves as recruiting, compliance and equipment coordinator.
Ward came to Dayton after five seasons with the Tennessee women’s soccer staff.
Ward was involved in all aspects of the Tennessee soccer program including on-field coaching, individual technical development, conditioning/recovery development and GPS monitoring. Ward also analyzed practice and game video on a daily basis, including producing detailed opponent scout reports.
Prior to arriving at Tennessee, Ward served as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount (Calif.). Before joining the staff at LMU, Ward enjoyed success at Marymount College (NAIA) in Palos Verdes, Calif., as head coach, leading the Mariners to The Peace Cup Championship in his first season. He served as assistant coach for both the men's program and the women's program for two years before taking over as the head coach for the women's program in 2010. Before entering the college game, Ward was heavily involved in youth soccer as a Director of Player Development for Manhattan Beach Sand & Surf Soccer Club and Evolution Soccer Programs.
A native of Birmingham, England, Ward graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sport science with coaching and exercise science. He is currently working towards his master's degree in coaching education from Ohio University.
In addition to his Tennessee soccer role, Ward served as an assistant coach in 2015 with the Region III ODP team and served as a regional staff coach for Region III in 2014 and 2015.
Ward holds a NSCAA Premier coaching diploma and NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma.
Matt Tipton joined the Flyers in February 2017 after four seasons with the Wittenberg University's women's soccer coaching staff. He works primarily with UD's goalkeepers.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Tipton grew up in Stow, Ohio, before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He competed for the club rugby team at the university, the Iron Eagles, a subsidiary of the Daytona Beach Rugby Coconuts, and helped the club to a 2005 Florida Cup Championship, a 2006 National Championship Regional Final appearance and a top 10 ranking nationally.
Tipton earned his bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle in aviation business administration in 2008, graduating summa cum laude. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Tipton attended the University of Dayton School of Law and received his juris doctor in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. He currently practices with the law firm StachlerHarmon in Dayton.
Tipton served as the goalkeeper coach at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, from 2008–11 and Springboro High School from 2015-16. He has worked as a goalkeeper coach at the club level since 2011, training goalkeepers of all ages and acting as a guest trainer for local club teams and high schools. Tipton also currently serves as a goalkeeper coach with Cincinnati United Premier.
He resides in Springboro, Ohio, with his wife, Jamie.