Rainey comes to the Upper Valley after a spending the past eight seasons at the helm of the women’s soccer team at the University of Iowa. This past fall he guided the Hawkeyes to their third straight season of double-digit victories and claimed an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first invitation ever for Iowa to the NCAAs.
“We have hired a gem in Ron Rainey to lead our women’s soccer program,” Sheehy said about the college’s new coach. “He has consistently improved every team he has coached, did some truly outstanding work at Iowa and will build upon the recent successes of our team here at Dartmouth. The athletics department and college as a whole are excited to have Ron, his wife Margaret and three children join our family here in Hanover.”
Rainey is the all-time winningest coach in Iowa women’s soccer history, amassing a record of 80-67-17 during his tenure. His teams featured 34 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, five Big Ten Tournament appearances and five Big Ten All-Freshman Team members. The Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten Tournament in his second and third seasons on the job, just one less appearance than the nine years before he took the reins.
“I want to thank Harry Sheehy, Megan Sobel and all the wonderful people I met on my visit to Hanover,” Rainey said. “I was totally impressed with how the department spoke in one language to give the student-athletes the best opportunity to succeed on-and-off the field. It’s exciting and humbling to be the next women’s soccer coach at Dartmouth.”
Before being hired in Iowa City, Rainey served as the head coach at Ball State for the first seven seasons of the women’s soccer program beginning in 1999. Under his tutelage, the Cardinals posted a 70-52-17 mark.
Ball State showed swift improvement under Rainey’s guidance, amassing a 62-25-14 record in his final five years. In 2001, he coached the third-year program to a 12-6-2 mark and was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. In his final campaign, Rainey guided the Cardinals to a sparkling 15-3-2 season and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the fifth straight year.
Prior to starting the program at Ball State, Rainey served as an assistant coach at Iowa for the first two seasons of the Hawkeye program (1997-98). In the inaugural season, the Hawkeyes were named the top first-year program by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
Rainey spent the 1996 season as the head coach at Towson, where in one season he propelled the Tigers to the America East title. He has also served as an assistant coach at Cincinnati, as well as the head coach and sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where his first-year team compiled a 10-6-2 mark. Rainey was also the graduate assistant coach at Trenton State for two years (1992-93).
Outside the collegiate ranks, Rainey has served as a regional staff coach for the Region II Girls Olympic Development Program every summer since 1994. He received his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License in 1996 and his “B” License in 1995. He has also written articles for leading soccer publications, such as Soccer Coaching Magazine, and presented at numerous coaching clinics around the Midwest.
Rainey graduated from Wilkes University in 1992 with degrees in mathematics and English. He received his master’s degree in education from Trenton State in 1994.
As a player, Rainey was a two-time captain and team MVP for Wilkes. In 1990, he was a second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selection.
Rainey’s wife, Margaret, earned her master’s degree in education at Iowa and played collegiate soccer at Wisconsin. They have three children: Wade (12), Sally (11) and Mary (8).