Geoff Wheeler - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Geoff Wheeler joined the Wesleyan staff in 1999 and moves into his 16th season at the helm in 2014. His teams have developed into a conference, regional and national power, including the 2009 season with an undefeated regular-season mark (10-0-4) and a third NCAA tournament bid in a five-year period. In 2011, the Cardinals nearly equaled that effort, going 10-0-3 over the first 13 contests before finishing up 11-3-3 with a fourth-ever NCAA playoff spot. The 2012 season marked a fifth NCAA tournament qualification in an eight-season span behind a 9-4-4 overall record. Geoff's teams made two consecutive appearances in the NESCAC tournament semifinals in 2003 and 2004, then won the NESCAC title in 2005, leading to two straight NCAA tournament bids in 2005 and 2006. His 2007 troops set school marks for consecutive victories (10) and consecutive shutouts (5) while the 2009 squad established the school record for longest unbeaten streak (15 games) and most shutouts in a season (12). The 2010 Cardinals returned to the NESCAC semifinals after upsetting Williams in the first round while the 2012 and 2013 squads also reached the semis.
Before arriving in Middletown, Geoff, who holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education, spent two years as a Stanford University assistant coach in 1997 and 1998. He also enjoyed coaching stints at his alma mater, Dartmouth, as well as Middlesex School in Concord, Mass.
A 1993 graduate of Dartmouth, Geoff was a four-year letterwinner in soccer, helping the squad qualify for the NCAA tournament twice as well as capture two Ivy League titles. A team captain in 1992, he earned all-Ivy honors and led the team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Geoff continued his playing career in Zimbabwe before returning to the states to play for the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USISL. After he returned East from Stanford, he had times suiting up for both the Connecticut Wolves and the Boston Bulldogs of the A-League.
Geoff currently holds his USSF A license, received an advanced national diploma from the NSCAA in 1998 and attended an NSCAA refresher course in 2006. He also is the director of the East Coast Soccer Academy, an overnight summer camp at Wesleyan aimed to attract top student-athletes interested in playing at NESCAC or Ivy League colleges. Geoff added regional U-17 ODP coaching to his repertoire in the summer of 2009. In addition to his soccer coaching duties, Geoff was an assistant men's squash coach at Wesleyan from 1999 through 2010, including one season as interim head coach, and earned a master's degree in liberal studies at Wesleyan in 2007.
Nolan Lincoln - Assistant Coach
Entering his second year as a Wesleyan assistant coach in 2014, Nolan Lincoln joined the Cardinals’ staff as an intern in 2013 after spending three years at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass. There he served as the head boy’s varsity soccer coach in both 2011 and 2012, taught history, and worked in an upper class boy’s dorm. Prior to Governor’s, Nolan attended Middlebury College, graduating in 2010 with a B.A. in history. A four-year member of the Panthers varsity soccer team, Nolan played as a defender in three NCAA tournaments. In 2007, he was part of Middlebury’s NESCAC and NCAA Division III championship team, and in 2008 he played on a squad that reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. He served as a captain in 2009, when he was honored with the NESCAC sportsmanship award. Since his sophomore year in college, he has worked at numerous college soccer camps, including the East Coast Soccer Academy at Wesleyan, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and Team Prep Camps in Maine. In 2010, he was a staff coach for Upper Valley Lightning Soccer Club (NH). Nolan holds his national coaching diploma from the NSCAA.