Dane Brenner enters his third season as an assistant coach at Wake Forest after a successful four-year run at the University of Connecticut.
During his time with the Huskies, the men's soccer program went 54-14-17 and made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Quarterfinals in 2007 and Third Round in 2008. Brenner also aided in the development of Josh Ford, an All-American and All-Big EAST goalkeeper for UConn, who recorded 50 career shutouts and was selected No. 11 overall in the 2011 Major League Soccer draft by Seattle Sounders FC.
Among his other responsibilities, Brenner worked with the student-athetes on and off the field as well as assisting in ticket sales with local youth clubs, team travel and game promotions. He also helped with goalkeeper training, after a successful Division I collegiate career with the South Florida Bulls.
Prior to coming to Connecticut, Brenner graduated from South Florida in 2006 and went on trial with the Chicago Fire in the spring of 2007.
At South Florida, he was a four-year starter and a three-time captain for the Bulls. He was chosen as an All-Conference USA goalkeeper in 2004 and led his team to the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship title in 2005 in the Bulls' first season in the BIG EAST Conference.
Brenner posted a career-best 0.80 GAA in 2006 with 74 saves, while ranking 24th in the nation in save percentage (.822). In 2005 he started and played in a career-best 20 games and recorded a 1.36 GAA, while notching a 13-6-1 record.
During the 2004 season, Brenner was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Third Team and earned a spot on the All-Conference USA Second Team.
A native of High Point, N.C., Brenner played club for the PSA Stars before playing at South Florida. He graduated from USF in 2006 with a degree in sociology.