Where is IU’s first Women’s Soccer recruit now?

Posted: January 25, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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As soon as Joe Kelley walked up to young 18 year old Wendy Dillinger’s Missouri home, she knew she wanted to be a Hoosier…

Dillinger was the first recruit for the new Varsity Women’s Soccer program at Indiana University in 1993.  She was one of the seven in Kelley’s first recruiting class as a head coach.

Joe Kelley’s first recruit turned out to be an amazing find.  She dominated the Record Books here at Indiana University and as well as the Big Ten.  According the 2012 Record Book on IUhoosiers.com, Wendy Dillinger (1993-1997) currently holds the following career records.

  • 1. Points – 98 200px-Coach-wendy-dillinger-07
  • 1. Goals – 37
  • 1. Winning Goals – 13
  • 1. Multi-Goal Games – 8
  • 1. Assists – 24
  • 2. Shot Attepts – 213
  • 9. Games Started – 72

She also holds 11 single season records, 9 Big Ten records, and multiple single game records.

After leaving Bloomington, Dillinger continued on with her soccer career by first playing for the Indiana Blaze (1997-2000), while also being Joe Kelley’s his Assistant Coach from 1998-2001.  Once the WUSA was founded in 2000 (stopped operations in 2003), Dillinger participated in the combine and ended up being contacted for a try out with the Atlanta Beat.  After only playing in 4 pre-season matches of 2001, she was released due to a knee injury.

In 2004, Wendy Dillinger started playing soccer once again only this time for the St. Louis Archers in the W-League; however Dillinger finally hung the spikes up for good one year later… but her love of Soccer didn’t stop here.

Wendy Dillinger didn’t waste anytime switching roles from player to head coach.  She coached the Washington University Bears for 5 years during which she coached them to two sectional semi-finals in 2006 and 2007 finishing the season 11th and 9th, respectively.

Dillinger started in 2008 and continues to spread her expertise to the Iowa State Cyclones.  She has yet to advance to the post season, but the Cyclones are continually getting better every season.

When Wendy Dillinger first started coaching at Iowa State University, she explained her coaching philosophy and how there are similarities between coaching a team and raising a family.

“There definitely is crossover,” she said. “It’s repetition, repetition, repetition. You just have to keep reemphasizing with a team or family what we want, how things are going to be done and what that the expectations are: standards of excellence, setting goals, and holding them accountable. But, at the same time, giving them an opportunity to grow.”

The Indiana University Alum, Wendy Dillinger left her mark not only on her Alma Mater, but also on many other teams along the way.  Even though she has yet to coach the Cyclones to a postseason birth, I know that it is no doubt going to be in her future.


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