Chad Riley is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Dartmouth men's soccer team in 2016.
In his forth season as head coach, Riley led the big Green to an unprecedented third Ivy League title. Riley is the first Dartmouth soccer coach to have a team win three Ivy League Championships in a row. The Big Green finished 9-5-5, and 5-1-1 in conference, finishing ranked in the top 25 nationally in NCAA's RPI once again.
In his third season at the helm, Riley led the Big Green to their second consecutive Ivy League title as well as a trip back to the NCAA Tournament, where Dartmouth advanced to the second round with a dramatic overtime win at home in round one. The Big Green finished the season 12-6-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play, thanks in part to a solid defensive front that allowed just 13 goals in 19 games, the fewest of any Ancient Eight team in 2015. At the conclusion of the season, Riley was named Ivy League Coach of the Year, after winning the award a year prior in his second year as head coach at Dartmouth.
In his second season as head coach, with a fully healthy team, claimed the Ivy League automatic bid, a share of the Ivy League title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished the regular season with a 12-5-2 overall record and went 5-1-1 in Ivy League play. The 16 points tied Dartmouth with Princeton for a split of the league’s trophy. Riley’s squad finished the regular season with a top 25 ranking, as the Big Green had been receiving votes from early October. At the end of the Ivy League season, Riley was named the inaugural Ivy League Coach of the Year. During the season, the team matched an eight-game unbeaten streak from the 2013 season. The squad went 7-0-1 during the stretch. Offense was a key to the squad’s success in 2014, as the team netted 35 goals, which were the most for a Big Green team since 1992 and also led the Ancient Eight in fewest goals against with five allowed.
Riley concluded his first season as the head coach of the Big Green men's soccer team. The team amassed a 6-7-4 record and began the season with a program-best eight-game unbeaten streak – its best since 1978. Senior Colin Skelly and junior Colin Heffron were named to the 2013 All-Ivy League Team. Skelly was also tabbed as an All-Ivy Academic member.
In 2012, Riley joined Jeff Cook's staff as an assistant coach. In his first season on the Big Green sidelines, Dartmouth took second place in the Ivy League standings and made Burnham Field a tough place to play by going undefeated for the second consecutive season.
Riley helped tutor five Big Green players to All-Ivy honors, including first-team selection in Kevin Dzierzawski and Alex Adelabu. Under Riley's watch, the Big Green also performed in the classroom with Teo Larsson Sax earning Academic All-Ivy honors and NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors. Kevin Dzierzawski also earned a spot on the Scholar All-Region team in 2012.
Riley comes to Dartmouth after spending the last six seasons at his alma mater, Notre Dame. While roaming the Irish sidelines, Riley has helped the Fighting Irish compile a 71-37-21 record with five NCAA Championship appearances and two Elite Eight appearances.
The Irish captured BIG EAST Blue Division titles in 2007 and 2008, the first time Notre Dame captured back-to-back BIG EAST crowns. Notre Dame has reached the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship in five of the last six seasons.
A 2004 Notre Dame graduate, Riley has helped mentor four All-Americans, including the 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient, Joseph Lapira as well as three Academic All-Americans while in South Bend.
Prior to returning to South Bend, Riley made coaching stops at Oberlin College in Ohio during the 2004 season and at St. John's in 2005. While at Oberlin, he helped guide the squad to a 9-8-3 record and helped five players earn All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors. During his season at St. John's, the Red Storm posted an 11-6-5 record and a berth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Riley, a Houston, Texas native, was a four-time monogram winner and a three-time All-BIG EAST award winner during his collegiate career. Throughout his career, he tallied 52 career points on 10 goals and 32 assists. He led the Irish in assists in three seasons and ranks second on the Irish all-time assists list.
Riley received his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in 2009 and recently received his USSF A License.
He resides in Hanover with his wife, Caitlin, daughter, Georgina and his son Prescott.
Plotkin begins his second season with the Big Green in 2017.
Plotkin comes to Hanover from Loyola where he served as an assistant coach for three years. Last season with the Ramblers, Plotkin helped coach Loyola to its highest win total since 2008. The Ramblers had one of the best defenses in the country and had the lowest goals against average (.39) and conceded the fewest goals (8) in all of Division I. Plotkin was also a member of the 2014 Coaching Staff of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference.During his collegiate career, Plotkin was one of the top players in the country at Indiana and in addition to helping lead the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2003 and 2004, he was named 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America. He was also the runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player.
After graduating from Indiana, Plotkin played three seasons with the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew in the MLS. He also played for the Carolina Rail Hawks in USL-1 after being drafted 20th overall in the 2006 MLS Super Draft. In 2006, Plotkin was named Chicago Fire Educator of the Year and helped the Fire win the 2006 US Open Cup championship. In 2008, Plotkin won the MLS Cup as a member of the Columbus Crew.
Plotkin is a native of Lisle, Ill., and a 2006 graduate of Indiana University. He played high school soccer at Naperville North High School where he was a Parade Magazine All-American in 2001.
Ryan Fahey begins his fifth season with the Dartmouth program in 2017.
In his second season with the Big Green, Fahey mentored All-Ivy goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and helped lead a defense that led the Ivy League in fewest goals against.
In 2013, Fahey worked with the tandem of Stefan Cleveland and James Hickok; as the duo posted a combined 1.17 goals against average and a .789 save percentage.
Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth, Fahey spent three years at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where he was been an assistant coach working primarily with the goalkeepers.
A goalkeeper by trade, Fahey helped the Stags to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and also served as the Stags Camp Director.
In addition to his duties at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Fahey served as the Chivas USA Youth Academy goalkeeper coach and served as a trainer at CATZ Sports Performance Center. Fahey has also served as a coach for the Foothill Storm Soccer Club and as private goalkeeper coach.
A 2010 graduate of Claremont McKenna, Fahey was a two-time first-team All-SCIAC selection and a third-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Far West selection in 2008. As a team captain in 2009, he helped his team to the SCIAC Tournament title and a first-round victory in the NCAA Championship.
Fahey holds a NSCAA Advanced Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper I and II Diplomas.