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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Elizabethtown College Head Women’s Soccer Coach Barry Dohner Named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year

Barry Dohner '83.ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College head women’s soccer coach Barry Dohner has been named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for NCAA Division III by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA). In 2006, Dohner guided Elizabethtown to the Commonwealth Conference title, an NCAA Division III tournament berth and a spot in the NCAA tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen.” The Blue Jays finished the season with a 14-5-3 overall record.

Dohner was also named the Commonwealth Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2006. Over the course of his 13 seasons with the Blue Jays, he has been the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year three times (1996, 1997 and 2006), the NSCAA NCAA Division III national Coach of the Year one time (1997), and the conference’s Coach of the Year six times (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006).

In 13 years at the helm, Dohner has guided Elizabethtown to a 172-81-18 (.668) win-loss record, and he has led the Blue Jays to five NCAA Division III tournaments in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2006. In 1997, he led the program to its first-ever berth in the “Final Four,” and Elizabethtown hosted the NCAA Division III national championship that year. Elizabethtown has won conference championship tournaments three times under Dohner, with Middle Atlantic Conference titles in 1996 and 1998 and a Commonwealth Conference title this year. The Blue Jays have also finished as conference runners-up three times in that span, finishing as MAC runners-up in 1997 and 1999 and as Commonwealth runners-up in 2000. Since 1996, Elizabethtown has appeared in the post-season every year but one.

A 1983 alumnus of Elizabethtown College, Dohner learned the College’s soccer tradition first-hand, having played for former Blue Jay head men’s coach Owen Wright from 1979 to 1982. At Elizabethtown, he played for four varsity teams that compiled a 49-31-6 overall record, won one MAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament three times.

Before taking over as the head women's soccer coach at Elizabethtown College in 1994, he enjoyed a highly successful run at the helm of the Milton Hershey School boys' varsity team from 1983 to 1993. He guided the Spartans to four straight Mid-Penn divisional championships between 1985 and 1988, and his team captured Mid-Penn League crowns in 1987 and 1988. He earned Mid-Penn Coach of the Year honors in 1987 and 1988. Dohner remains a teacher at the Milton Hershey School today.