Dan Popik begins his sixth season with the Wolfpack, and this season marks his second as the associate head coach. Popik, a former MLS player and top college keeper himself assists head coach George Tarantini in all aspects of the Wolfpack program, including practices, recruiting coordinator, and scheduling of games.
Following the 2009 season, in which the Pack made it to the ACC Championship game and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Popik was named the 2009 NSCAA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
At NC State, Popik helped with the Wolfpack's nationally ranked recruiting class by CollegeSoccerNews.com in 2007. The Pack also finished in the top three in the ACC in the 2009 and 2010 APR results.
In addition to his work with the Wolfpack, Popik serves as the coach of the `92 FVAA. Previously, Popik coached the `90 Navy Boys and served as goalkeeper coach for the Triangle Futbol Club. The `90 Navy Boys team was the NCYSA U-17 State Cup champion in the spring of 2008 and a USYSA Region 3 semifinalst, and also reached the State Cup finals in 2009. Popik is a goalkeeper staff coach with the North Carolina State ODP program as well.
Popik has professional playing experience with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Columbus Crew of the MLS and the Milwaukee Rampage of the A-League. He spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Galaxy and 2006 with the Columbus Crew. Prior to joining the Galaxy, Popik played three seasons in the A-League with the Milwaukee Rampage, including helping the club win the 2002 A-League Championship. He was named the 2002 Team MVP, and posted a 40-22-6 alltime record with the Rampage with 312 saves and 15 shutouts.
He also has played on the international level. Popik spent three years as a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team. He served as an alternate during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championships in Nigeria. Popik played his college soccer at both North Carolina and St. John's. Popik started 12 games for the Tar Heels as a freshman in 1997. Popik then played the 1998 and 1999 seasons at St. John's, winning the Big East Championship in 1998.
Popik has a United States Soccer Federation National `B' license and is a member of the NSCAA "Assistant Coach of the Year" Committee.
Popik earned a B.S. degree in sports management from NC State and is currently pursuing a masters degree in sports management. He is married to the former Jodie Cemke, and the couple had their first son, Gavin, in June of 2008.