L. Dale Roden
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Tarkio University ’91
The past two seasons have been the best in the history of the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer program, and in his fifth season with the university, head coach Lucien Dale Roden is hoping to keep that streak alive.
In 2010, Roden and the Tigers followed up the school’s first-ever regular-season and tournament titles and trip to the NAIA National Tournament with a 16-3 record and a second straight trip to the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament title game. Two of the Tigers’ losses were to Hastings College, which won the league title and finished runner-up at the NAIA National Tournament, and one was a double overtime loss to Dordt College.
Senior goalkeeper Danielle Richardson earned her second straight GPAC Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year award in 2010 after recording a school-record 12 shutouts and giving up just 11 goals in 19 games. She, along with Ellie Peterson, Kasha Roberts and Sarah Weidler, all earned All-GPAC First-Team honors. Kayla Pahl and Yutzil Rodriguez – a first-year player Roden recruited from the University of South Dakota, an NCAA Division I school – earned second-team honors, and Skye Pahl and Linsey Peterson earned honorable mention accolades.
Richardson and Peterson also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, and the entire team was recognized for its work in the classroom by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Tigers were one of 444 women’s soccer teams to earn the honor, which requires a team to have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher. Peterson also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Third-Team honors.
The Tigers set three team records in 2010. Dakota Wesleyan set the school record for shots on goal (23) and opponent fouls (19) in a game, and shutouts (12) in a season. Peterson also broke or tied five individual records, including points (37) and assists (13) in a season. Rodriguez also tied two records, and Richardson broke her own record for shutouts in a season.
Overall, Roden is 43-29-6 after four seasons at DWU. He has coached 21 All-GPAC players, nine NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes, one NAIA All-American and three NSCAA Team Academic Award winners.
Roden, the second women’s soccer coach in school history, came to DWU from Adams State College, an NCAA Division II institution in Alamosa, Colo., where he was the first head coach at the school. He was the head coach of the Grizzlies for five seasons, leading the team to two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament berths. He compiled a 32-58-6 overall record in the first five seasons of women’s soccer at the school. Roden’s squads excelled in the classroom, earning the Team Academic Award every year from the National Soccer Coaches Association with 30 players earning Academic All-RMAC honors. He also coached three CoSIDA Academic All-District players and had 10 players earn NSCAA Scholar All-West recognition.
Roden has been a head coach for 15 seasons, compiling a 139-134-14 overall record. His 139 career wins make him one of the top 20 winningest women’s soccer coaches in NAIA history. Before starting the program at Adams State, he started the women’s soccer program at Huron University. He spent three seasons at Huron and led his team to a No. 16 national ranking in the NAIA poll.
He was also the head women’s soccer coach for four seasons at Westmar before arriving at Huron University. His Westmar team made a national tournament appearance in 1995.
Roden earned his bachelor’s degree from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. He earned a master’s degree in HPERD in 2000 from the University of South Dakota. He also holds NSCAA National (1995) and Advanced National (1997) coaching diplomas.
Roden lives in Mitchell. He has two daughters, Bailey and Grace, and a son, Parker.
Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Northeastern State University ’10
Dan Williams begins his second season with the Dakota Wesleyan soccer program as a graduate assistant coach in 2012. He will serve as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs this season. Williams came to DWU from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where he graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
Williams played soccer for one year at Northeastern, an NCAA Division II school. He spent one year at King College in Bristol, Tenn., and helped the team to a conference championship and a berth in the NAIA National Championships. He spent his first two seasons at Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif. While there, the team won two conference championships.
In spring 2011, Williams was an assistant coach at Metro Christian Academy, a private high school in Tulsa, Okla. He helped guide Metro Christian to a district championship and the quarterfinals of the state tournament. He has also coached several youth teams in his home country of England.
Williams, an Essex, England, native, played semiprofessional soccer in England and was a part of several professional youth academy teams. He has played in the F.A. Youth Cup, which is a national cup tournament for professional and semiprofessional team’s youth academies.
At Dakota Wesleyan, Williams is pursuing his master’s degree in educational policy and administration.
Student Assistant Soccer Coach
Kasha Roberts begins her first season as student assistant coach for the Dakota Wesleyan women’s soccer team after a very successful four-year playing career with the Tigers.
Roberts, a Rapid City, S.D. native, was a four-year starter at forward and midfield for the Tigers. She earned All-GPAC honors three times – first-team accolades in 2009 and 2010 and second-team honors in 2011. Roberts was part of the Tigers’ most successful stretch in school history, and helped DWU to an undefeated record and a berth in the NAIA National Championships in 2009.
Roberts holds the school record for goals in a season (15) and is tied for the record for goals in a career (38) and points (6) and goals (3) in a game.
Roberts is currently finishing her degree in sport, exercise and wellness at Dakota Wesleyan.