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Ron Rainey is entering his third season as head coach of the Dartmouth women's soccer team in 2016.
In his second season with the Big Green, Dartmouth finished 8-4-4 overall. Under Rainey in 2015, the Big Green allowed just 11 goals and scored 34. Under Rainey, defender Jackie Friedman took home Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as All-Ivy honors for the second consecutive season. Friedman was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America Division I Women’s All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team. Rainey also coached Remy Borinsky Lucille Kozlov to Second Team All-Ivy recognition.
Rainey completed his first season with the Big Green in 2014. The team finished with an 8-5-4 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League with 12 points. In his first-year, Rainey tutored three All-Ivy standouts, first team members Corey Delaney and Jackie Friedman and second team keeper Tatiana Saunders.
Delaney and Friedman were also named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. As a group, the team was recognized with an NSCAA Team Academic Award.
On April 15, 2014, Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced Ron Rainey as the new head coach of the Big Green women’s soccer program.
Rainey comes to the Upper Valley after spending eight seasons at the helm of the women’s soccer team at the University of Iowa. From 2011 to 2013, he guided the Hawkeyes to three straight seasons of double-digit victories and claimed an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, 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 and a 10-7-2 record. 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 (15), Sally (13) and Mary (11).