#82: Coach Anson Dorrance — 22x National Championship Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UNC — Chapel Hill on Competition, Team and Being the Best
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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team boasts one of the most impressive dynasties in all of sports, with numerous World Cup Wins, Olympic Gold Medals, and more under their belts. Many elite players such as Mia Hamm, Allie Long, Crystal Dunn, and Jessica McDonald all went through the same Soccer program at the University of North Carolina under the leadership of today’s guest, Anson Dorrance.
Coach Dorrance has been at the helm of the UNC’s Women’s Soccer program since its inception in 1979. Over his 45 years, he has achieved over 1000 career wins, 22 National Titles, and 22 ACC Titles, the first coach to ever win 20 titles in a single sport. In 1991 he led the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team to victory in the first-ever Women’s World Cup, and set the standard for the U.S. Women’s Soccer domination. For these accomplishments and more, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Currently, of every game he has ever played, Coach Dorrance holds a 90.5% win rate. It’s safe to say he knows a lot about creating high-performing teams.
We sat down today with Coach Dorrance to take a deep dive into the three components of his program that he focuses on, to create high-performing and high-character team players that win.
This is another episode you’re definitely not going to want to miss, so with that...let’s bring it in!