Coaching Staff


Head Coach –  Dan Griest

Coach Griest, raised in Springfield, Ohio, has been hired as the Head Coach for the 2018 season.  He is a native of the Miami Valley area and has coached and played in the tri-state for the past 27 years.  He holds the National Diploma issued by the United Soccer Coaches.


Coaching Resume:

2016-17     NPSL     Dayton Dynamo   8 – 9 – 4  Overall Record    Conference Champs ’17

2007-15     MRL      Ohio Galaxies   One South State Title 2017, Finalist 2014-16

2004-06    BPYSL   Team Dayton   U12 and U14 Select teams

2002-03    OHSAA  Northwestern High School

Playing Career:

Griest was a three-time All-State, a two-time DII Player of the year and set the Ohio state career scoring mark during his four years at Northwestern High School. In his senior year, he set the single season scoring record with 53 goals, breaking his previous record of 50 goals his junior season.

After high school, Griest was a two year starter for Butler University and was named to the All Newcomer Team as a freshman. He transferred to Wright State University for his final two years and was named Horizon League All Conference.

Upon graduation, Griest spent the next 12 years playing soccer professionally outdoors and semi-professionally indoors with the Cincinnati Riverhawks, Cincinnati Kings and Cincinnati Saints.

Message from the Coach:

I am tremendously thankful to the Dayton Dutch Lions for the opportunity to coach in this very challenging Premier Development League. I believe they provide an amazing platform to help grow and cultivate soccer in not only the Dayton community, but throughout the Midwest, and look forward to the challenge of creating a team the Dayton community can stand behind and support,” shares Coach Griest.

My focus will be to bring in players that will have the capability to win every match. I understand the level of competition we face in the Great Lakes Division, home to three of the last four PDL champions, but this region is filled with quality players who can compete and I believe will want to make a mark with the Dutch Lions.”

“Just as important will be our efforts to support the Dayton community. We desire that our players have an impact in the Miami Valley as they will be available for summer camps, soccer clinics and club presentations. Our PDL program will truly push our players to reach their potential in multiple areas of their personal growth.


Athletic Trainer – Neal Greier


  • DDL Soccer Complex

    DDL Soccer Complex

    All practices and games of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Men’s team (USL PDL) and Women’s team (USL WPSL) will be at the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex in West Carrollton. The stadium seats 3500 people. In 2014 the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and Dayton Outpatient Center (DOC) installed an new artificial turf field in the stadium. DOC Stadium was opened in May 2014 when former 2x “FIFA Best Player in the World” Ruud Gullit kicked off the game against LA Galaxy II in the USL PRO League.


    The address is: 5833 Student St., West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449

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