Daniel Ensley
Daniel  Ensley

Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coord.

Alma Mater:
James Madison '95

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    Dan Ensley enters his 14th season in the collegiate coaching ranks in 2011 and his seventh season with the Cincinnati soccer program.

    A tireless recruiter, Ensley is responsible for team training and compliance and eligibility issues as well as his duties as recruiting coordinator.

    During his first six seasons at Cincinnati, Ensley has helped guide the Bearcats to 52 wins, a BIG EAST Red Division title and an NCAA appearance. UC's 2006 recruiting class was ranked No. 38 in the nation by
    CollegeSoccerNews. Following the 2006 season, Ensley was promoted to Associate Head Coach.

    Prior to joining the UC staff, Ensley spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons at Duke, where he helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2004 NCAA College Cup. He handled coaching responsibilities including travel coordination, daily operations, and NCAA compliance, while assisting with team training, recruiting, match analysis, season planning, video editing and individual instruction.

    Ensley previously served as an assistant at his alma mater, James Madison University, for four seasons, during which the Dukes made two NCAA appearances (2000, 2001) and won a Colonial Athletic Association regular season title (2000) and tournament crown (2001).

    Ensley served as head coach at Division III Bridgewater College (Va.) from 1997-1999 where he helped the Eagles establish several school records and become highly competitive in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

    Ensley has various youth soccer coaching experiences at the club level, most recently having coached one of the top teams in North Carolina and Region III, the Triangle Futbol Club Boys U-16 Team of Durham. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Ensley held a Director of Coaching position with the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville/Albemarle (Va.), while coaching their Boys Premiere U-18 and Girls Premiere U-15 Teams.

    As a student-athlete at James Madison, where he played under current UC mentor Hylton Dayes, Ensley led the Dukes to the quarterfinals of the NCAA College Cup in 1994 and 1995.

    A native of Burke, Va., Ensley's successful coaching career has mirrored his accomplishments as a youth player. He captained his VISTA Hurricane Club Team to a USYSA U-19 Boys Youth National Championship in 1992.

    Ensley, his wife, Dana, and their daughter, Hannah, reside in Cincinnati.