22 Facts About Anson Dorrance


Albert Anson Dorrance IV was born on April 9,1951 and is an American soccer coach.


Anson Dorrance is currently the head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of North Carolina.


Anson Dorrance has one of the most successful coaching records in the history of athletics.


Anson Dorrance has led his team to a 101-game unbeaten streak and coached 13 different women to a total of 20 National Player of the Year awards.


On March 10,2008, Anson Dorrance was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


Anson Dorrance was born in Bombay, India on April 9,1951, the son of an American oil executive.


Anson Dorrance spent his youth moving with his family throughout Europe and Africa.


Anson Dorrance gained his education from the Villa St Jean International School boarding school, located in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he played soccer for three years and graduated in 1969.


Anson Dorrance transferred after the fall term to the University of North Carolina.


Anson Dorrance's love of soccer led him to walk onto the school's soccer team, then coached by Marvin Allen, where he was a three time All-ACC player.


Anson Dorrance played as a midfielder, and was team captain in 1973 as a post-senior.


Under the influence of his father, Anson Dorrance entered North Carolina Central University Law School in 1976, later transferring to the University of North Carolina School of Law.


That same year, Coach Allen convinced Anson Dorrance to succeed him as the UNC men's soccer coach.


Anson Dorrance's teams won 12 of the first 13 NCAA championships.


Anson Dorrance noted early in his time as a women's coach that women seemed to have an inhibition against open competition.


Anson Dorrance decided to develop an atmosphere at UNC in which women were rewarded for having an aggressive desire to win.


Anson Dorrance was able to bring out his players' aggressiveness and competitiveness while fostering an almost family sense of the team.


Anson Dorrance has found a way to bring that out of his players.


In one extreme case, Anson Dorrance left Assistant Coach Bill Palladino to lead UNC to a championship victory in the 1991 NCAA tournament while he led the US Women to a World Cup championship.


Anson Dorrance has coached some of the finest players in women's soccer history including Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly.


In May 2005 Anson Dorrance was elected as a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.


Anson Dorrance never touched, never threatened, never ogled, and never propositioned Jennings.