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Dan Bassett enters his third season as an assistant coach at SFA in 2015, primarily working with the defensive units. Bassett's main responsibilities include serving as the team's recruiting coordinator, handling video analysis of opponents, in addition to assisting with the day-to-day aspects of the program.
In his first two seasons at SFA, Bassett helped lead the Ladyjacks to their best two-year period in school history with an .810 winning percentage (32-6-4) while winning Southland Conference Championships in both seasons as part of SFA’s four straight regular season league crowns.
The Ladyjacks finished the 2014 season with a 16-3-1 overall record, including an unblemished 11-0 mark in Southland Conference play en route to an unprecedented fourth straight SLC regular season championship. Bassett was part of the coaching staff that led SFA to a program-record 14 consecutive wins heading into the SLC Tournament Championship – the longest winning streak in the nation over the stretch. As one of only five schools in the country to go undefeated in conference play, SFA also finished the season undefeated at home (8-0-0).
Working closely with the SFA back line and goalkeepers, Bassett turned the Ladyjacks into one of the best teams in the nation defensively in 2014. As a team, SFA finished the year ranked sixth in the country in shutout percentage (.650), seventh in save percentage (.876) and 11th in goals against average (.588). Senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick ended the year ranked fifth in the country in save percentage (.884) individually and was 12th in goals against average (.569).
Thanks in part to the guidance provided from Bassett over his two years at SFA, Glick, standout defender Megan Dunnigan and senior forward Chelsea Raymond signed professional contracts to continue their playing careers in Iceland following the 2014 season – becoming SFA’s first soccer players to turn pro.
In 2013, Bassett was part of the Ladyjack coaching staff that won the Southland Conference regular season title for the third consecutive season and posted an overall record of 16-3-3, setting a program record for most shutouts in a season with 14 and finishing the season ninth in the country in shutout percentage (.636) and 10th in goals-against average (.520).
Bassett, a native of Bulkington, England, came to Nacogdoches after spending three years as an assistant coach with the University of Nebraska women's soccer team. During that three-year stretch, the Huskers went 23-23-2 while members of the Big 12 and Big 10, which included a 13-7-1 campaign in 2010 in which Nebraska went 9-1-0 at home.
Bassett also spent three seasons as a volunteer coach for the Huskers (2005, 2006 and 2008). During that time, he also coached the Bellevue West High School boys and girls squads and played two seasons for Bellevue University, helping the Bruins compile a 25-12 record. Bassett served several roles while on the Husker support staff, including alumni relations, video operations and game day operations.
Bassett moved to the United States in 2004 and began his coaching career with club teams in Kansas City and Omaha. He earned an engineering degree from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in 2002. While in England, Bassett also spent time coaching the Coventry and Birmingham Women's Centers of Excellence.