Dan Perritano is preparing to enter his 26th season as the head coach of the men's soccer program. He has guided the team to 20 winning seasons in the last 21 years, including nine Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Championships, in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Perritano's 320 wins as the men's soccer coach make him the winningest coach in the history of the program, which began in 1960. He been selected three times by his peers for AMCC Coach of the Year, with those honors coming in 1997 and 2003 and 2018.
Last season, Behrend won its ninth AMCC title and advanced to the program's first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixtenn. The Liosn finished 16-4-2 and had a final national ranking of 16th in Division III.
In 2013, Behrend hosted its first-ever NCAA Tournament game after the AMCC Crown with a 1-0 win over Medaille in the championship contest. The Lions finished 16-4-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play, while going 10-1-1 at home. In 2012, the Lions tied the longest winning-streak in all of Division III men's soccer last season with 11 consecutive wins. Behrend finished with a 17-5 overall record and took second in the conference, while earning the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament and falling in the semifinals.
Perritano was also the Behrend women's soccer coach for nine seasons, from 1995 to 2003. Prior to the 2004 season, to strengthen his program, coach Perritano relinquished his duties as head women's soccer coach at Behrend after an incredible run to focus on the men's program. As women's coach the Behrend Lions dominated the conference winning four AMCC championships and placed second in another three. They earned three bids to the ECAC Tournament and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. His women's record at Behrend stands at 109-57-11 to go along with a 58-20-4 women's mark from two previous coaching stops.
Perritano has 413 men's and women's coaching victories in his illustrious career. He also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF "B" and National Youth Coaching Licenses, and a Brazilian Football Federation Coaching Certificate.
His interest in the game goes beyond coaching. In the summer of 2006 Perritano took the Behrend men to Germany to compete and experience the culture of the host nation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the summer of 2005 Perritano coached several of the region's finest Division III players in five games in Brazil including a contest in Maracana Stadium. He has attended both the European Cup Finals in London in 1996 and the World Cup Finals in 1994 in Los Angeles and has served on the NCAA Northeast region Selection Committee and as a coaching clinician and state coach for PA West ODP as well as guest coaching at various camps and clinics, including a summer 2003 soccer camp in Alaska.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Perritano is also a lecturer of health and physical education.