Michele Dalton and Steve Golas named Kentucky women’s football assistant coaches

Head Coach Troy Fabiano Adds Michele Dalton and Steve Golas to Coaching Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Michèle Dalton and Steve golas were named assistant coaches for the University of Kentucky Women’s Soccer Program, as announced by the Head Coach Troy Fabien Tuesday.

“I am delighted to welcome Michele and Steve to Lexington and look forward to starting working with them, and we all look forward to working with the team in the spring as we build a competitive culture together here in Kentucky.” , says Fabiano. “Michele brings a combination of professional playing experience and varsity coaching experience, which makes her a great addition to our program. Steve has been a great Head Coach and Assistant Coach at many different levels, and his pace of work and ability to recruit will impact our program both on and off the field.

Dalton will arrive at Lexington after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky where her primary roles included training, mentoring and developing the team’s goaltenders. Her first year on the team saw the Lady Toppers win the C-USA East Division title for the first time since joining the league.

Under Dalton’s leadership, WKU goalkeepers and baseline limited their opponents to just 13 goals in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, tied for the second lowest number in program history. Prior to her stint at Bowling Green, Dalton spent the 2019 season as a volunteer assistant and goaltender coach for DePaul.

The Mt. Prospect, Ill. Native played in Wisconsin and currently sits second in saves per game (4.707) and fifth in career shutouts (24) in the Badgers’ record books. Dalton was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011 and took home All-Conference First Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honors.

After her college career, Dalton started playing professionally for UMF Selfoss in the Icelandic Premier Division where she was voted the team’s MVP after knocking out five opponents in the 2013 season. She then played with Kvarnsvedens IK in second Swedish division in 2014 before signing with the Chicago Red Stars in 2015.

In her first season with the Red Stars, she topped the league in goals against average (0.917) and finished second with five shutouts en route to being named a finalist for the Women’s Goalie Award. year of CONCACAF. She signed with North Carolina Courage in 2018 and played for LFC Apollon in Cyprus during the 2018-19 season, leading the team to a league championship and qualification for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. .

Golas will join the Wildcats after serving as an assistant coach on Fabiano’s staff in Milwaukee for the past two years, also in the same position from 2015 to 2018. The 2021 season was the record-breaking season for the Panthers, who scored their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row and qualified for the second round for the second year in a row.

With Golas on staff, Milwaukee concluded the 2021 campaign ranked first in the NCAA in goals against average (0.374), assists per game (3.81), points per game (9.81), save percentage (0.893) and shutout percentage (. 762). This season also set new program standards in terms of points (206) and assists (80), and the Panthers closed their record year placing second in the nation with a 0.905 winning percentage.

Prior to returning to the Panthers, Golas was Dixie State’s head coach for the 2019 season where he led the team to their second NCAA DII tournament appearance in school history, rising to at the Elite Eight. The Trailblazers registered an academic record of 56 goals, finishing the year 8th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top-25 national poll.

With over 15 years of experience as a college coach, Golas first arrived in Milwaukee after being named the very first head coach of women’s football at Texas A&M-Texarkana. He also spent four years as a male head coach and female assistant coach at Illinois College. Other stops on Golas’ CV include Bemidji State, William Penn, Angelo State, Lewis and Clark and Millikin.

A native of Sandwich, MA, Golas played collegially at Coe College where he won a four-year letter for the Kohawks and was twice recognized as the team’s Most Improved Player. He was also a member of Coe’s track and field team and graduated from Bemidji State in 2002.

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