Dylan Harrison is in his third season as the head coach of the Trinity women’s soccer team.
Appointed in 2016, the former Tiger men’s standout has chalked up a record of 42-3-0 over two seasons, a winning percentage of .933. Entering the 2018 campaign, Coach Harrison’s teams are undefeated in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) with a 24-0-0 mark. Trinity has also captured two SCAC Championships during his tenure.
The 2017 Tigers completed the season with a 19-2-0 record and a #13 national ranking by d3soccer.com. Trinity won the SCAC Championship with a victory over Texas Lutheran University, and Coach Harrison was elected the SCAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. Trinity opened the 2017 NCAA Playoffs with a shutout win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX), but The Tigers were elimnated by Hardin-Simmons (TX) University in a tightly played second-round matchup.
The Tigers finished the 2016 campaign with a 23-1-0 record, going undefeated in the regular season. The .958 winning percentage was the best in the NCAA Division III. D3soccer.com ranked Trinity fifth in the nation by the final poll.
After beating Southwestern (TX) University in the SCAC final, the Tigers opened the NCAA postseason with a victory over Mount Union (OH) College. Hanover (IN) College fell to Trinity, and the Tigers returned home to defeat Penn State Berks in the third round. The eventual national champion, Washington University-St. Louis (MO), eliminated the Tigers in the quarterfinals.
Coach Harrison’s teams have produced four All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, four Scholar All-Americans, and five All-West Region honorees. In the SCAC, there have been two Offensive Players of the Year, along with a Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. A total of 13 Tiger players have earned All-SCAC honors in a two-year period.
Coach Harrison was a member of the Tigers men’s team from 1998 to 2001. Under the guidance of Head Coach Paul McGinlay, the former Trinity defender and team captain earned All-SCAC Second Team honors in 2000 and 2001. Coach Harrison was a major contributor to the Tigers’ success, as Trinity advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in 1998 and 1999 and to the third round in 2000.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2002.
Coach Harrison has had an extensive and impressive coaching career. He served as women’s head soccer coach at Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, from 2009 until joining the Trinity staff. Under Coach Harrison’s leadership, the NCAA Division I program made great strides. The Colonels set a school record for victories in a season (2013) and was the sixth-most improved squad in the nation that year.
Nicholls State advanced to the Southland Conference semifinals in 2014. Coach Harrison’s teams also produced two NSCAA All-Region players and a Southland Conference Player of the Year. Coach Harrison holds the distinction of most coaching career victories at Nicholls State. He earned a master’s degree in business administration while coaching at Nicholls State. Coach Harrison also mentored the ‘97 Louisiana Girls Olympic Development Team from 2012 to 2015. Three of the players attended national camps, and Coach Harrison was elected the 2014 Louisiana Soccer Association Coach of the Year.
Prior to joining the Nicholls’ staff, Coach Harrison coached the DIII women’s program at Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) from 2006 to 2008. He guided seven players to All-SCAC honors. Coach Harrison previously served as an assistant at Sewanee from 2004 to 2006. A versatile leader, Coach Harrison was also an assistant track & field coach, focusing on sprinters and jumpers.
He started his coaching career at the University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio. Coach Harrison oversaw all travel logistics and game-day operations.
A native of Napoleonville, Louisiana, Coach Harrison is married to the former Kristen Fillmore, a Nicholls State graduate and soccer standout. She also was the Colonels assistant women’s coach. Ms. Harrison 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.