BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Deidra Dryden today named Rob Dahl as Interim Director of Soccer. After guiding Southern Virginia's men's soccer program to an improved 2019 during his first year with the Knights, Dahl will now oversee all aspects of both the men's and women's soccer programs.
"We are excited to have Rob as the interim director of soccer," said Dryden. "He has significant coaching experience with both women and men and has already proven to be an outstanding leader and recruiter."
"Last season, Coach Dahl helped build and foster a very positive relationship between our men's and women's soccer programs," continued Dryden. "We expect his transition to leading and overseeing both programs."
At the helm of the women's program, Dahl replaces Kenzie Cox, who is stepping down after four seasons as the Knights head coach. During her tenure, Cox coached four All-CAC performers— Kora Jewell (2017), Anne Powell (2017), Jamilla Anderson (2018), and Tori Wescott (2019)—and tallied 20 program wins.
"We are incredibly grateful for the work and sacrifice Coach Cox has given to the women's soccer program at Southern Virginia University," said Dryden. "She has always been aligned with the mission of the University as she has built the women's soccer program."
"I am grateful for my time with the program and the amazing athletes and staff members that I have been able to work with," said Cox. "Southern Virginia provides incredible opportunities and fosters life-changing relationships for which I will be forever grateful."
Before last season, Dahl had successful coaching stints at multiple colleges and clubs, including Snow College, College of Southern Nevada, Utah Storm Club, Timpview High School, and Dixie State University. While at Dixie, Dahl led the Trailblazers to a 2000 NJCAA National Soccer Championship and was subsequently named the 2000 National Coach of the Year.
"I am anxious to begin working with the women's soccer team at Southern Virginia University," said Dahl. "Over the past year, I have been around the women's team and admired the quality individuals and players that are part of the program.
"I want to thank Coach Kenzie Cox for her hard work in getting the program on solid ground and recruiting quality student-athletes," Dahl continued. "As we move forward, I look forward to continuing a championship culture and competing at our highest level for every match."