Dan Popik begins his third season at the helm of the Phoenix men's soccer program in 2014.
Popik saw his 2013 team go 7-7-3 overall and 2-4-1 in the Horizon League. His squad posted vast improvements over the previous season, recording five more wins while also increasing offensive production by 16 goals (29 for the season).
Senior Sam Krenzien and junior Lawerence Talery earned Second Team All-League honors, while freshman Audi Jepson was named to the All-Newcomer Squad. Popik earned his first conference win at Green Bay on October 8 as the Phoenix topped then-No. 24 Milwaukee in double-overtime, 2-1, to reclaim the Chancellor's Cup for the first time since 2010. Earlier in the season the Phoenix also tied with in-state rival Marquette, which was ranked ninth in the nation at the time.
Off the field, Popik's squad took home NSCAA Academic Team Honors for just the second time in program history.
In his first season at the helm, Popik helped coach Sam Krenzien to First Team All-Horizon League honors, while Jordan Dover was named to the conference all-newcomer squad. He also set a high expectation for his players in the classroom, with three players (Sam Krenzien, AJ Patterson, Ryan Wehking) named to the 2012-13 Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in either the spring or fall semesters.
Former Green Bay Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced the hiring of Popik as the new men's soccer head coach on June 18, 2012. Popik joined the Phoenix from Furman University, becoming the ninth head coach in the history of Green Bay's program.
Popik brings seven years of coaching experience on various levels in addition to six years of playing experience at the professional level. Rated among College Soccer News' Top-20 Assistant coaches in 2011, Popik spent the 2011 season as the associate head coach at Furman University. He helped lead the Paladins to a 14-4-4 record and the program's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
While at Furman, Popik coached the Southern Conference Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and six all-conference selections while recruiting the No. 5 recruiting class by College Soccer News.
Prior to his tenure at Furman University, Popik served as the associate head coach (2008-10) at North Carolina State University, where he helped lead the Wolfpack to a 10-8-2 record in the 2010 season and No. 9 South Region ranking. In 2009, as a No. 15 seed NC State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ACC Tournament finalist.
Prior to being named Associate Head Coach at NC State, Popik fulfilled the role of assistant coach from 2005-08 and coached five players to All-ACC teams. In addition, five players were selected in the MLS Draft during his time at NC State.
As a USSF Development Academy Scout, Popik is responsible for scouting and evaluating games, selecting youth national teams, evaluating practice sessions and coaching training sessions.
Popik's six years playing at the professional level included stints with the Columbus Crew (2006), Los Angeles Galaxy (2004-05) and Milwaukee Rampage (2000-03). For his efforts in guiding his Milwaukee team to the USL A-League Championship in 2002, Popik earned team MVP honors.
A United States Soccer Federation National "A" License Coach and NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma recipient, Popik began his collegiate career at the University of North Carolina in 1997 before transferring to St. John's where he helped lead his squad to a Big East Championship in 1998. The Red Storm also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons at St. John's.
Popik earned a Bachelor of Science Sports Management degree and Masters of Science Parks, Recreation and Tourism from North Carolina State University. Popik's wife, Jodie hails from Menomonee Falls, Wis. and the couple has a son, Gavin.
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