Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Daniel "Bestie" Whelan
Men's Soccer - Thu, Aug. 13, 2009
The Spring Hill College Department of Athletics today named Daniel Whelan as the Interim Head Coach of its men's and women's soccer programs.  Whelan was previously the men's and women's assistant under Adam Pearce, who stepped down earlier this summer to accept a position at Oregon State University.
Whelan was a two-time NAIA All-America player at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he played in 2003-06.  At ERAU, he was also a three-time All Conference selection as well as the Florida Sun Conference and NAIA Region XIV Player of the Year in 2006.  He served as team captain in both his junior and senior campaigns.
Whelan, who received his B.S. from ERAU in Aeronautical Business Administration in 2007, was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection by CoSIDA and received an NAIA Champion of Character Scholarship.
A native of Manchester, England, Whelan began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Embry-Riddle in 2007 before accepting the assistant's role at SHC in January 2009. 
Before coming to the United States, he played at the highest level of youth soccer in England, the FA Youth Premier League, with the Blackburn Rovers Football Club in 2001-03.