Dylan Harrison is in his fourth season as head coach of the Trinity women’s soccer team.
Appointed in 2016, the former Tiger men’s soccer standout has amassed a record of 59-5-1, for a winning percentage of .915 over the last three campaigns.
Coach Harrison’s teams have also posted an undefeated 37-0-0 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The Tigers have captured three SCAC Championships with Coach Harrison at the helm and have advanced each year to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Respected by his peers, Coach Harrison was elected the SCAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Coach Harrison’s squads have produced six All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, six Scholar All-Americans, and seven All-West Region honorees.
Since 2016, two Tigers each have been elected the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year. A total of 19 Trinity players have been tabbed for the All-SCAC Teams during Coach Harrison’s tenure.
The 2018 Tiger team completed the campaign with a 17-2-1 overall record and a #18 ranking by United Soccer Coaches. Trinity hosted the SCAC Championship and defeated Southwestern (TX) University to capture the conference title for the 10th consecutive occasion. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship and claimed a decision over Occidental (CA) College in the opening round at Abilene, Texas. The third-ranked host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University beat Trinity in the second round.
The 2017 Tigers finished with a 19-2-0 record and a #13 ranking by d3soccer.com. Trinity won the SCAC Championship with a victory over Texas Lutheran University. Heading to the NCAA Championship, the Tigers shut out the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) in the first round, and were eliminated by Hardin-Simmons in a tightly played second-round matchup.
Coach Harrison’s charges chalked up a 23-1-0 mark in 2016 and went undefeated in the regular season. The .958 winning percentage was the best in Division III. D3soccer.com ranked Trinity fifth in the nation in the final poll of the season.
The Tigers won the SCAC title by defeating Southwestern and opened the NCAA Division III Championship with a win over Mount Union (OH) College. Hanover (IN) College fell to Trinity in the second round. The Tigers returned home to take out Penn State (PA) Berks in the third round of the tournament. The eventual national champion, Washington University in St. Louis (MO) eliminated Trinity in the quarterfinals.
Harrison was a key member of the Tigers men’s team from 1998-2001. Under the guidance of Head Coach Paul McGinlay, the former defender and team captain earned All-SCAC Second Team accolades in 2000 and 2001. During Coach Harrison’s playing days the Tigers advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1998 and 1999 and to the third round in 2000.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2002.
Prior to joining the Trinity staff, he held the head women’s soccer position at Nicholls State (LA) University from 2009-2016. The NCAA Division I program made great strides under his leadership, as the Colonels set a school record for single-season victories (2013) and was the sixth-most improved team in the nation that season.
Nicholls State advanced to the Southland Conference semifinals in 2014. His teams also produced two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches) All-Region Players and a Southland Conference Player of the Year.
Coach Harrison holds the distinction of having the most career women’s soccer victories at the school, located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He earned a master’s degree in business administration at Nicholls State.
An excellent teacher of the sport of soccer, Coach Harrison mentored the ‘97 Louisiana Girls Olympic Development Team from 2012-2015. Three of the players attended national camps, and Coach Harrison was elected the 2014 Louisiana Soccer Association Coach of the Year.
From 2006-2008, Coach Harrison led the DIII women’s program at Sewanee: The University of the South (TN). He guided seven players to All-SCAC recognition. The versatile Coach Harrison was also an assistant track & field coach, focusing on sprinters and jumpers.
He began his coaching career in 2003 at San Antonio’s University of the Incarnate Word, and oversaw all travel logistics and game-day operations. UIW was a member of the NCAA Division II at that time.
A native of Napoleonville, Louisiana, Coach Harrison is married to the former Kristen Fillmore, a Nicholls State graduate, soccer standout, and assistant women’s coach. She is Trinity’s Associate Athletic Director for Recreation and Sports Camps. The couple was blessed with the birth of a son, Judson, in March 2018.