Dan Donigan

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Dan Donigan
Personal information
Full name Daniel Donigan
Date of birth (1967-08-03) August 3, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Boston Bolts ? (4)
1989–1991 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 78 (27)
1990–1991 Penn-Jersey Spirit ? (6)
1991–1992 Wichita Wings (indoor) 39 (18)
1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies 22 (0)
1992–1994 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 71 (86)
1994 Rockford Raptors
1996 Washington Warthogs (indoor) 3 (0)
1997 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 21 (14)
1997–1999 St. Louis Ambush indoor) 27 (9)
2000 St. Louis Steamers (indoor)
National team
1988 U.S. Futsal 4 (0)
1990 United States 1 (0)
Teams managed
1994–1996 Connecticut Huskies (assistant)
1997–2001 Saint Louis Billikens (assistant)
2001–2009 Saint Louis Billikens
2010– Rutgers Scarlet Knights
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dan Donigan (born August 3, 1967) is a retired United States soccer forward who played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League. He is currently the head coach of Rutgers University's soccer team.


High school[edit]

Donigan was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Hamilton, New Jersey where he attended Steinert High School. Donigan scored 34 goals in his senior year, leading Steinert to the Group 3 state championship. In 1999, he was named by The Star-Ledger as one of the top ten New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1980s.[1]


After graduating from high school in 1985, Donigan attended the University of Connecticut (UConn) where he played as a forward on the men's soccer team from 1985 to 1988. During his four season with the Huskies, he was three-time second and third team All-American. In 1988, he received the adidas Adi Dasslar Award as the nation's "Most Outstanding Senior Soccer Player" in 1988. Donigan finished his collegiate career with 35 goals and 40 assists for 110 points. While he left college without completing his degree, he later returned and earned a BS in Business Administration in 1998.


After finishing his collegiate career, Donigan embarked on a life as a soccer journeyman. Like many U.S. soccer players in the 1980s and early 1990s, his was an itinerant life, moving from one failing indoor and outdoor club to another. In April 1989, he signed with the Boston Bolts of the American Soccer League.[2] He scored four goals, adding seven assists, as the Bolts went to the ASL championship game only to fall to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[3] On July 8, 1989, the St. Louis Storm selected Donigan in the first round (second overall) of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft.[4] He signed with the Storm in September 1989. In 1990 and 1991, Donigan played for the Penn-Jersey Spirit of the American Professional Soccer League, successor league to the ASL.[5] He was a 1990 APSL First Team All Star.[6] In 1991, he played in 11 games, but scored no goals.[7] In July 1991, the St. Louis Storm traded Donigan to the Wichita Wings in exchange for Mark Santel.[8] He played one season in Wichita. On October 17, 1992, he signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League.[9] He spent two seasons with the Wave.[10][11] In 1993, he spent the outdoor season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (APSL).[12][13] In May 1994, the Washington Warthogs selected Donigan in the Continental Indoor Soccer League draft. The CISL played indoor soccer during the summer and Donigan chose to play for the Rockford Raptors of the USISL instead. That summer, he also signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Wave, then backed out of the contract to become an assistant coach at UConn. At the end of the 1996 collegiate season, UConn changed its head coaches and the new coach brought in an entirely new cadre of assistants. Therefore, Donigan decided to resume his playing career. On January 4, 1997, Donigan signed with the Milwaukee Wave for the remainder of the 1996–1997 NPSL season.[14] At the time, he had just moved to St. Louis to become an assistant coach with the St. Louis University men's soccer team. He played XXX seasons with the Wave.[15] Donigan was then hired as an assistant coach with the St. Louis University men's soccer team. As a result, he did not play the beginning of the 1997–1998 season. On January 28, 1998, the Wave traded Donigan to the St. Louis Ambush in exchange for cash, a second-round pick in the 1998 college draft and future considerations.[16] Donigan played parts of two seasons for the Ambush.[17][18] In May 2000, he signed with the St. Louis Steamers of the World Indoor Soccer League.

National team[edit]

On September 15, 1990, he earned his only cap with the U.S. national team in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[19] In 1988, Donigan earned four caps for the United States national futsal team.[20]


In 1994 July, Donigan began his coaching career as assistant men's soccer coach at UConn.[21] He would go on to serve as an assistant for three seasons. The college released Donigan in December 1996 after bringing in a new head coach. On February 27, 1997, St Louis University hired Donigan as their assistant coach.[22] On February 5, 2001, the University hired him as its fifth head soccer coach. Donigan won the title of Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Dan Donigan was named head coach for the Rutgers men's soccer program on January 22, 2010.


  1. ^ Jandoli, Ron. "The Century's Best – Boys Soccer: Top 10 Players of each decade", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 10, 2003. Accessed September 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "BOLTS BEEF UP OFFENSE FOR SECOND ASL SEASON" Boston Globe Friday, April 14, 1989
  3. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1989". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "MISL Club Drafts Two St. Louisans – Ex-SLU Teammates Are Reunited Here" St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday, July 9, 1989
  5. ^ "1990 Penn-Jersey Spirit". A-Leaguearchive.tripod.com. January 27, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1990". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "1991 Penn-Jersey Spirit". A-Leaguearchive.tripod.com. January 27, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "WINGS TRADE FOR STORM'S DAN DONIGAN" Wichita Eagle, The (KS) Tuesday, July 23, 1991
  9. ^ "Donigan signs deal with Wave" Milwaukee Sentinel Saturday, October 17, 1992
  10. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1992–1993 Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL REPORT – 1993–1994 Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Rowdies sign 3 to boost offense" St. Petersburg Times Friday, April 23, 1993
  13. ^ "1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies". A-Leaguearchive.tripod.com. January 27, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Transactions" The Kansas City Star Saturday, January 4, 1997
  16. ^ "Back at home, Wave aims to halt slide" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thursday, January 29, 1998
  17. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1997–1998 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1998–1999 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "USA – Details of International Matches 1990–1994". Rsssf.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  20. ^ All-Time Player Register Archived May 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "Coaching job pulls Donigan from Wave" Milwaukee Sentinel Wednesday, July 27, 1994
  22. ^ "UCONN SOCCER ASSISTANT TO JOIN ST. LOUIS U. STAFF" St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday, February 28, 1997

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