Steve Dawson | Head Coach | Men’s Soccer | Wittenberg University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We are looking for disciplined athletes with talent. Not a common combination. By talent I mean skill, speed, strength, courage and intelligence. Hard to get the full package. Much of this can be substituted with a strong work ethic, but only to a point. Mental and physical strength is what you need.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

I had a player I coached at club level who then came to play college for me. He was on the third team in his u16 age group in club. However, I quickly realized he not only had physical ability, but also mental toughness and he was very brave. Apart from his late blooming talent, what took him beyond expected levels was his confidence. He loved to compete and never showed any nerves before or during games. He went on to become 2 time All-American among other accolades.