During his time at Rutgers, Donigan shepherded the Scarlet Knights from the Big East to the Big Ten. In 2015, Donigan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. At St. Louis, Donigan guided the Billikens to a record of 117-40-30 while transitioning the program from Conference USA to the Atlantic 10. He has won multiple Coach of the Year Awards and guided many of his teams to the NCAA Tournament with rankings in the top twenty-five nationally. He also recruited and coached a number of players who have gone on to play professionally in MLS and abroad.
“The opportunity to hire a coach of Dan’s caliber is a rarity at the high school level,” Roche said. “When the job was posted, we were thrilled to learn that Coach Donigan was interested. We had a great pool of candidates and interviewed some great coaches but Dan’s credentials speak for themselves.”
"Notre Dame High School has a tremendous reputation for high academics, a faith based environment and culture, community service, historic and tradition rich athletics. I am very excited to join Irish Nation and help guide the Boys Soccer Program into a new era,” Donigan said. “I grew up watching and competing against all the great teams that Notre Dame put on the wrestling mat, basketball court and soccer field. I always had an incredible respect for the people that educated, coached and attended Notre Dame. Everyone I have ever spoken with, loves Notre Dame and appreciates their values and mission and I am looking forward to being a part of the ND family.”
“I have over 20+ years of college coaching under my belt, but I know there will be a learning curve for me with this position. I want to help guide young men through a special time in their lives and help them achieve scholastic and athletic goals that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” Donigan continued. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family and I. I want to help the student athletes at Notre Dame become better students, people and players. I want soccer to prosper in our area and this is another way that I feel I can help that process.”
Prior to his coaching career, Donigan played professionally for thirteen seasons. His career at the University of Connecticut was legendary. In 1989, he was Adidas National Player of the Year and was named Big East Conference Player of the Decade. Donigan is a Mercer County legend as well. He is a member of the Steinert High School Hall of Fame, the Soccer Coaches of New Jersey Hall of Fame, the Mercer County Hall of Fame and was recognized as one of the Top Ten Players of the Century in the state of New Jersey.
“Thank you to Principal Joanna Barlow and Director of Athletics Rich Roche for having faith in me to help lead their prestigious soccer program. There are great student athletes and people that I know at Notre Dame and I'm excited to begin to work with all of them. I also want to acknowledge and give big congratulations to former head coach MIke Perone, a recent inductee into the SCANJ (Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey) Hall of Fame. I have huge shoes to fill,” added Donigan.
Donigan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Higher Education from St. Louis University. He is a native of Hamilton, New Jersey where he currently resides with his wife Corey and children.
“Our soccer players at Notre Dame will benefit tremendously by having Dan coach them,” Roche said. “He knows the history of Mercer County Soccer as well as the history of our program. I am proud to welcome Coach Donigan to the Irish Family.”