Stratford Joins Men’s Soccer Coaching Staff
- By Grant Dovey
- November 28, 2012 09:09 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University men’s soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc has announced the hiring of Dan Stratford as an assistant coach today. Stratford has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Mountaineers.
“Dan has worked very hard in the volunteer capacity and has really grown as a coach over the last two seasons with us,” LeBlanc says. “I’m pleased to reward him for that commitment with this promotion to assistant coach.”
While assisting in practices and game preparation the past two seasons, Stratford has helped West Virginia to a combined 20-14-3 record, as well as a trip to the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament.
A native of London, England, Stratford was a four-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers from 2004-07 and owns the top spot for games played (85) and career assists (27) at WVU. He also finished his career ranked eighth all-time in career points (67). Stratford was honored in 2007 as a NSCAA All-Northeast Region Third Team member and an All-Big East Second Team honoree.
“Playing for WVU was the best experience of my life,” Stratford says. “It is an honor and a privilege to feel like I am able to give something back to the University with this incredible opportunity. I hope that with my experiences I am able to positively influence our student-athletes both on and off the field. It is amazing to see how far this program has come in the last six years and I'm excited to be a part of a bright future.”
Following his collegiate career, Stratford was drafted by D.C. United with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. Stratford played in five games with D.C. United, including one start against Real Salt Lake in 2008.
“Having a former player of mine, with the proven success that Dan had, makes him the perfect example of what this program is all about,” LeBlanc says. “Dan was an honor student at WVU and is noted, without question, as one of the greatest players in the history of this program. His storied student-athlete career as a Mountaineer captain, combined with his experience playing in the MLS and internationally make him a fantastic example for our current and future players.”
Stratford went on to play 14 matches, scoring one goal for Inverness of the Scottish Premier League in 2009, while playing seven matches for Hereford United of League Two in England in 2010.
Stratford earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education in 2009.