ERIN COPPERNOLL | HEAD COACH
Erin Coppernoll enters the 2018 season with the most coaching victories in the history of the UW-Oshkosh women’s soccer program and the fourth-highest win total in WIAC archives. She has led the Titans to all four of their NCAA Division III postseason appearances and their lone WIAC championship.
Coppernoll, who has suffered just one losing season in 14 years of leading the Titans, has a UW-Oshkosh coaching record of 152-101-30. Her UW-Oshkosh resume also includes NCAA postseason visits in 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2015, and a WIAC championship in 2015.
The 2017 UW-Oshkosh season concluded with an 8-8-4 record, including a 3-1-3 mark in the WIAC, and an appearance in the league tournament semifinals. Coppernoll's Titans matched their fewest conferences losses in program history on the way to finishing third in the league standings. UW-Oshkosh notched eight shutouts during the 2017 campaign while leading the WIAC in saves.
Coppernoll guided UW-Oshkosh to a 10-9-1 record in 2016, marking the program's eighth consecutive winning season. The Titans registered six shutouts and advanced to the semifinal round of the WIAC Championship.
In 2015, Coppernoll's team secured a share of its first WIAC title with a 5-1-1 league record and posted a 14-4-3 mark overall. The Titans reached the NCAA postseason for the second straight year before losing an opening-round shootout to DePauw University (Ind.). Coppernoll coached three players to All-Region and six players to All-WIAC laurels in 2015, including league Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Siewert.
During the 2014 season, Coppernoll led the Titans to a 12-8-1 record, a second-place finish in the WIAC standings and a national postseason appearance. UW-Oshkosh, which tallied a league-best 12 shutouts, lost a 1-0 overtime decision to Augsburg College (Minn.) in the opening round of the NCAA Championship after earning the program's second WIAC tournament title.
In 2013, Coppernoll guided UW-Oshkosh to an 11-8-2 record and a second-place WIAC finish. The second-place showing was the Titans’ best since 2006. Coppernoll coached five All-WIAC first-team performers in 2013, including Anna Beckerleg who captured the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
UW-Oshkosh gained its highest national ranking ever in 2012. The Titans opened the season with a 7-0-2 record and ranked 14th in D3soccer.com’s NCAA Division III poll. UW-Oshkosh finished the season with an 11-5-3 record.
In 2011, the Titans won nine of their last 11 matches to earn a berth in the NCAA Championship. UW-Oshkosh defeated UW-Whitewater in a shootout to clinch its first WIAC Tournament title. The Titans advanced to the second round of the national tournament with a shootout victory over Ohio Wesleyan University.
Coppernoll’s first UW-Oshkosh squad went 15-4-3 in 2004 and tied the school record for wins. UW-Oshkosh then compiled records of 13-6-1 during 2005 and 12-7-2 in 2006. The 2006 season featured the Titans making their debut in the NCAA Division III Championship.
Coppernoll has coached 27 players to 41 All-WIAC first team citations and 11 players to 16 All-Region accolades by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
In the classroom, Coppernoll’s squads earned NSCAA Team Academic awards in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Prior to arriving at UW-Oshkosh, Coppernoll spent three seasons as the head women's soccer coach and director of intramural sports at North Park University (Ill.). She coached the Vikings to a 22-31-3 record, including a 10-9 mark in 2002.
Coppernoll’s first head collegiate coaching position was at Ripon College. Her only season at the school, the 1999 campaign, resulted in a 2-14 record.
Coppernoll’s resume also includes assistant coaching positions at UW-Whitewater and Appleton East, Oshkosh West and Stevens Point Area high schools.
Coppernoll earned four varsity letters in soccer at Oshkosh West High School. She scored a school-record 62 goals during her prep career, including 17 in 1993 when she received all-state honors.
At the collegiate level, Coppernoll played the 1993 campaign at NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay before transferring to UW-Stevens Point for the next three seasons. At UW-Stevens Point, she helped the Pointers to a 45-16-3 record (21-0-2 WIAC), two NCAA postseason appearances and a pair of WIAC championships. Coppernoll finished her UW-Stevens Point career with 28 goals and 22 assists. She was an All-WIAC first team selection in 1996 and a second team award winner in 1995.
Coppernoll, who holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” license, is a former member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship and the NSCAA’s NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Regional Ranking committees.
Coppernoll received a bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point in 1998 and a master's degree from North Park University in 2003. In addition to coaching soccer at UW-Oshkosh, Coppernoll serves as the scheduling manager for the Oshkosh Sports Complex.
Coppernoll and her husband, Steve, are the parents of daughters Rylee and Brynn.
JENNA PHELPS | ASSISTANT COACH
Jenna Phelps is in her third season as an assistant coach with the UW-Oshkosh women’s soccer program.
Phelps joined the UW-Oshkosh staff following a standout career as a goalkeeper at NCAA Division II Michigan Technological University from 2012-15. Phelps tallied 22 shutouts during her collegiate career, including a school-record 10 during her freshman season in 2012.
Phelps, who was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team from 2013-15, owns a bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness management from Michigan Technological University.
Phelps, a Bay Port High School graduate, works as a dispatcher at Klemm Tank Lines in Green Bay.
CJ DWYER | ASSISTANT COACH
CJ Dwyer, a 2016 UW-Oshkosh graduate, returns to his alma mater this fall as a member of the school's coaching staff for women's soccer.
Dwyer spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer program. In 2016, Dwyer helped the Warriors to a 9-8-5 record, including a 1-0 victory over nationally ranked Concordia University Wisconsin, and a berth in the championship match of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament.
"CJ's enthusiasm and love for the game of soccer will be a great addition to our program," said UW-Oshkosh head women's soccer coach Erin Coppernoll. "He has jumped right in and made his presence known immediately. It is nice to have an assistant coach who went to school here and knows all the ins and outs of the university and Oshkosh community."
Dwyer joined the Wisconsin Lutheran College coaching staff after graduating from UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. Dwyer played two games for the 2014 UW-Oshkosh men's soccer team before suffering a season-ending injury. The Titans compiled a 14-5-2 record that season and captured the WIAC title.
Dwyer previously held coaching positions with the Oshkosh United Soccer Club (2015, 2017) and Menomonee Falls High School (2011-14).
"I'm very excited about coming back to UW-Oshkosh and assisting Erin in coaching the women's soccer team," said Dwyer. "What excites me the most is having the ability to work with the younger classes and help them develop their crafts. We are planning to evolve the soccer culture here at UW-Oshkosh, and with dedicated recruiting efforts and exciting young talent, we can bring this already exceptional program to a new level of success."
Dwyer owns an "E" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. He is currently pursuing a "D" coaching license from the United Soccer Coaches as well as Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dwyer, a Menomonee Falls High School graduate, earned a master's degree in Leadership and Innovation from Wisconsin Lutheran College in May. In addition to his coaching duties at UW-Oshkosh, Dwyer also works for Orangetheory Fitness in Appleton.