American University Men's Soccer Coach, Zach Samol, has hired Daniel Louisignau as an assistant coach for the 2019 season.
"Dan comes to us from Appalachian State where he headed up recruiting and worked with the goalkeepers," said Samol. "He brings an unbelievable work ethic to the program and will hold himself and the team to high standards. Dan will work with our goalkeepers and take the lead with recruiting. We are really excited to add him to the staff and personally, I'm looking forward to working with him."
Prior to American University, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State University. Dan helped lead the Mountaineers to their first winning season since 2012. Louisignau was the recruiting coordinator who evaluated student-athletes both athletically and academically. While rebuilding the program, Appalachian State brought in thirteen recruits for the 2017 class and fourteen recruits for the 2018 class.
Under the leadership of Jason O'Keefe, the Mountaineers, for the first time in school history, produced 7 Sun-Belt All-Conference players in 2018 and had a sophomore and freshman voted to the 2nd Team All NCCSIA. Additionally, two freshman, two sophomores, and one senior received 2018 Sun-Belt Weekly Awards.
Louisignau also worked with the keepers and oversaw the development of Jake Chasteen. In 2018, Chasteen was voted as Sun Belt Co-Conference Player of the Year having only conceded 12 goals during the regular season, he led the conference in shutouts, shutouts per game, goals against average, and save percentage. During the 2018 season, Chasteen earned 7 shutouts, tying the record for 2nd most in school history. Under Louisignau's coaching, Chasteen produced a combined 13 shutouts during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The 6 shutouts achieved by the App State goalkeepers during the 2017 season doubled their previous 2016 shutout record. For one stretch of the 2017 season, the Mountaineers posted three straight blank sheets. App State's defense played a pivotal role in defeating three eventual NCAA Tournament teams. The three wins at Ted Mack Soccer Stadium were the most since 2015 when the Mountaineers won five matches.
Prior to Appalachian State, Dan Louisignau spent four seasons as an assistant coach at UMBC, helping lead the Retrievers to the America East regular-season title in 2013 and 2014 and league tournament championships in three straight years. In 2014, UMBC made it to the College Cup for the first time in school history. The coaching staff at UMBC earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors, while their head coach, Pete Caringi, won NSCAA and Soccer America Coach of the Year honors. While working primarily with goalkeepers and defenders, Louisignau also worked at recruiting players and developing strong ties with the alumni base.
While at UMBC, Dan oversaw the development of goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who signed a professional contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division in 2013 after being voted America East Conference Tournament MVP the year prior. Louisignau also coached goalkeeper Billy Heavner, who led the conference in goals-against average (.830) and shutouts (10) in 2014. Through five games in the 2014 NCAA Tournament run, UMBC posted four shutouts as the Retrievers became the first unseeded team in NCAA history to post four clean sheets in as many games on the road.
As a student-athlete himself, Louisignau played at UMBC (2009-11). During his time at UMBC, the Retrievers posted a winning percentage of .731 and an overall record of 41-11-15 for the most wins during a three-year period in UMBC Men's Soccer history.
In 2011, Louisignau was named the America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and earned 1st Team All-Conference honors after leading the conference in saves, save percentage and shutouts. In 2010, he had a save percentage of 84.5% that was good for 10th in the nation, in addition, he led the America East Conference in save percentage and saves per game (5.57) during league games. In more than 200 minutes of action in the NCAA Tournament, Louisignau only allowed one goal and had a six-save effort against then-No. 9 William & Mary for a 0-0 double overtime draw.
"I would like to thank Zach Samol and the entire hiring committee for selecting me to represent the American University Men's Soccer program," Louisignau said. "Zach's reputation speaks for itself and after one conversation with him, I was convinced that it is a special time to be at American University. I am extremely humbled by this unique opportunity, and I look forward to building a soccer program for all of the American University community to be proud of."
A Wilmington, Delaware native, Louisignau graduated from UMBC in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. While living in Delaware, he played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays, where he won the USYSA National Championship in 2006 and 2009 and won the US Soccer Developmental Academy in 2008. Louisignau was also invited to train with the U18 U.S. National Team in 2007.