Bloomington, Ill. -- The Lynchburg College women's soccer program is proud to announce that associate head coach Tony Dulak has accepted the head coaching position at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
He will begin the transition immediately.
"I am super excited that Tony has been given an opportunity to head the women's soccer program at Illinois Wesleyan. He has been such an instrumental and significant part of our teams' success and growth during his loyal and special tenure with our team," Hornets head women's soccer coach Dr. Todd Olsen said.
Dulak spent the past seven seasons on Olsen's staff, helping Lynchburg to six Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, seven NCAA Division III tournaments, including the 2014 national title. LC defeated Illinois Wesleyan in the national semifinals that season. Lynchburg posted an overall record of 144-15-11 during Dulak's tenure, and the Hornets were 68-3-7 in ODAC play.
A 2011 graduate of Lynchburg College, Dulak was a member of the Lynchburg men's soccer team and helped them to ODAC titles in 2009 and 2010. He finished his master's in educational leadership at LC in 2013. He was named to the United Soccer Coaches' 30-Under-30 list this past fall.
More recently, Dulak has been instrumental in the development of the Lynchburg Athletics Leadership Academy, an immersive program designed to streamline leadership training and excellence both in the classroom and competition throughout the Hornets athletic department.
"Tony's great strength is his ability to identify weaknesses in our coaching staff and provide expertise in these areas," Olsen said. "He is an amazing technical coach -- his attention to detail allowed us to recruit and compete at an elite level -- and his loyalty and passion to Lynchburg College and our women's soccer team will have a lasting impact with our program. I wish Tony the very best as he moves forward in his career. I am confident that he will have a long and successful career as head coach. I will miss his expert assistance and perspective, but more than anything, I will miss his friendship."
Dulak joins an Illinois Wesleyan program that also carries a lot of history. The Titans have been to nine NCAA tournaments in the past 10 seasons and haven't had a losing season since 2007.
He replaces 17-year head coach Dave Barrett, who left this winter for the head-coaching job at Division I Fairfield Unviersity in Fairfield, Conn.