Notre Dame's victory over Oregon State at Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium) W, 1-0 on September 7, 2012.
Greg Dalby, a 2007 Notre Dame graduate and a two-time All-America midfielder, is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish in 2013. Dalby spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Davidson College prior to returning to his alma mater.
In his first season on the Fighting Irish sidelines, Notre Dame compiled one of the top campaigns in program history. The Irish won their first seven matches en route to a 17-4-1 record, which signified the most wins for the team since 1988. Notre Dame won the BIG EAST Championship and garnered the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.
After receiving a first-round bye, Notre Dame topped Michigan State, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, the Irish saw their tremendous season come to an end with a heartbreaking 2-1 double-overtime setback to eventual national champion Indiana in the tournament's Round of 16.
Notre Dame boasted two first team All-Americans in Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers and that duo was among five Irish players that garnered all-BIG EAST accolades for the '12 season. In addition, Finley was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Finley and Powers both were first-round picks in the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft.
The Fighting Irish also excelled in the classroom as Powers, a Senior CLASS Award finalist, and Harrison Shipp both were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Americans and were among four Notre Dame players that earned all-region scholar accolades. Additionally, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected Shipp as an Academic All-American.
Dalby also witnessed his players have success both on and off the pitch during his two campaigns at Davidson. He helped guide the Wildcats to a combined 15-15-9 record in 2010 and 2011 and the Wildcats produced four all-Southern Conference honorees and 12 academic all-Southern Conference selections. Davidson earned the distinction of being a Capital One Academic All-America team in 2011 with a 3.13 team grade-point average.
Davidson defender Greg Macnamara was named to the 2011 NSCAA All-South Region third team in addition to the Capital One Academic All-America third team. Macnamara also was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate. The Seattle Sounders selected Davidson midfielder Alex Caskey in the third round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Dalby also has experience coaching at the club level. He was the head coach of the Charlotte United FC Elite-Level U14 boys squad since August 2010 and was the Colorado Rapids Youth Academy coach from July 2008 to March 2010.
Dalby spent five years playing professionally both in the United States and Belgium. Following his stellar Notre Dame career, the Colorado Rapids selected Dalby in the second round (17th overall pick) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. However, he began his professional playing career with Royal Club Sporting Charleroi in Charleroi, Belgium. He played with the team, which is a member of Belgium's premier league, from September 2007 to May 2008.
After his time in Belgium, Dalby returned to the U.S. to play with the Rapids. He played two seasons in Colorado, competing in official MLS play along with Open Cup matches and international friendlies.
Dalby joined the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division (USL-2) in March 2010. He was a two-time team captain of the Eagles and earned USL-2 second team all-league honors in 2010.
Dalby, a native of Poway, Calif., also has international playing experience with Team USA. He captained the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships (now called Under-20 World Cup). The U.S. squad won Group D with a 2-0-1 mark before falling to Italy, 3-1, in the Round of 16.
During his playing days at Notre Dame, Dalby was a two-time team captain and a four-time monogram recipient. He started all 88 matches in which he played and tallied 10 points on four goals and two assists as a central midfielder. The 88 consecutive games played ranks second all-time at Notre Dame.
He earned first team All-America honors from the NSCAA during his junior and senior seasons. Dalby was named the 2006 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and collected all-BIG EAST honors three times, including two first-team citations, in addition to being a two-time M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
Dalby and the Fighting Irish captured the 2003 BIG EAST Championship title and the 2004 BIG EAST regular-season crown. Notre Dame qualified for the NCAA Championship all four of his seasons and the Irish advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history during his senior campaign.
In 2006, Dalby received the Byron V. Kanaley Award, which is the most prestigious honor awarded to a Notre Dame student-athlete. It has been presented annually since 1927 to senior monogram athletes who have been exemplary as both students and leaders. Dalby represented the Irish men's soccer team on Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) from 2004-06.
Dalby, a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, graduated from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with degrees in film, television and theater and theology. He finished with a 3.241 cumulative GPA.
As a senior in high school, Dalby received the 2002 Gatorade and Parade Magazine High School National Player of the Year award.