Dan Klinect joined the Emory Men’s Soccer staff as an assistant coach beginning in the 2016 season.
Klinect has helped Emory post a 34-17-5 overall record during his three seasons and oversaw two All-Region honors and seven All-UAA certificates.
Klinect brings over two decades worth of high school coaching experience to Greiner’s staff. He has spent 23 seasons as a head coach at the high school level, beginning his career as the varsity boys coach at Duluth High School in 1997 before making stops at Grayson (2002-2006), Brookwood (2006-2015) and Parkview (2016-present). In addition, he is in his seventh season as a club coach at GSA coaching a U-12 Academy Boys and assisting with the U14 ECNL boys.
Dan has his USSF C license and NSCAA School Diploma. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science (Pre-Law) from Georgia State and a MS in Education (Curriculum Instruction and Assessment) from Walden University. Dan has taught Advanced Placement World History since 2001 and AP Government for 10 years off and on since 2001.
In his 19-plus year career, Klinect has racked up an impressive .718 winning percentage (233-91-7), three Georgia High School State Championships (Parkview-2016, Brookwood-2014, Grayson-2004) and appearances in the state semi-finals three additional times in 1997, 2008 and 2012. Klinect is a two-time NSCAA Georgia High School Coach of the Year (2016, 2014) and the 2014 NSCAA South Regional High School Coach of the Year. He has coached four NSCAA High School All-Americans including current MLS players Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) and Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
Klinect was a four-year letterwinner for Georgia State and served as a captain his senior year. He continued his playing career after graduating in 1990 playing professionally and semi-professionally in Scotland from 1990-1992 and in the Atlanta area for the Atlanta Magic, Atlanta Lightning and Atlanta attack from 1992-1994 in the USISL.
Dan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Melinda. The two have three kids, Sutton (20), Jake (15) and Keely (10). Jake and Keely play club soccer for Gwinnett Soccer Association (GSA) in Lilburn.
Updated November 2018