Dave Wolf will begin his 24th season at the helm of the Westmont Men's Soccer program in the upcoming fall. He has won 280 games in his time here at Westmont—and is the winningest coach in Westmont men’s soccer history. Fresh off of a resurgent fall season where the Warriors finished 10-6 and advanced to the GSAC Semifinals, Wolf looks forward to directing the Summer Residential Camp again.
Asked to describe himself as a coach, Wolf replied, "The phrase that I would most associate with myself is ‘motivation through affirmation.’ This isn’t because I am trying to be a good guy. The greatest joy I get in coaching is that I enjoy believing in people. I love getting behind people, telling them they can do the job we are asking them to do. I love encouraging, being positive. There are times to say hard things and be direct. But who I am is on the side of saying, ‘We can do this. You have the quality to accomplish this. I am going to believe in you all the way to the final whistle.’"
A graduate of Wheaton (Ill.), where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Honor, Wolf helped lead the Thunder to a NCAA Division III National Championship in 1984 and was named an NCAA All-American in 1985. Following his graduation, he played six years of professional indoor soccer.
Wolf began his coaching career at Westmont in 1991 and has twice been named GSAC Coach of the Year. He has coached 57 All-Americans and 5 GSAC Player of the Year recipients.
Wolf has worked at numerous summer camps and clinics all around the country, and has also been a frequent participant in ODP and club soccer. Wolf currently serves on the Santa Barbara Soccer Club coaching staff.
This summer, Wolf is serving as the top assistant coach for the Ventura County Fusion in the PDL, a semi-professionalism soccer league.
Wolf and his wife Jill have five children, Tanner, who is a current member of the team, Lauren (18), Bailey (15), Payton (13) and Jackson (10).
Johnny Whallon begins his 2nd year on staff after joining the Warriors in January of 2013. Whallon serves as Wolf’s lead assistant coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator.
Prior to joining Westmont, Whallon served as the Head Coach at Gordon College in 2012, helping lead them to the TCCC Semifinals. He also served as the lead assistant coach in 2011.
Prior to joining the college ranks, Whallon coached and taught for four years at The Stony Brook School on Long Island, New York. He also served as a graduate assistant at Wheaton College (Ill.) in 2006, where the Thunder advanced to the Division III National Championship game and finished the season ranked second in the nation.
A graduate of Wheaton College, Whallon also attended Westmont for a consortium semester in 2005, a move he credits for “having a pivotal role” in his growth and development as a player and coach.
During the summer off-seasons, Whallon has enjoyed serving on staff at several elite soccer camps around the country including camps at Georgetown University, Notre Dame University, The Naval Academy and the University of Washington.
He currently holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Coaching Diploma and will be taking the USSF “C” course in May of 2014.