Dean Pappas became the third head coach in the history of the Northwood University women's soccer program in the winter of 2010. He enters the 2017 season with a 35-58-6 overall record at Northwood.
The Timberwolves reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second straight year in 2016, narrowly faling in double overtime at Ohio Dominican. The Timberwolves posted an 8-8-1 record overall, marking the first time since 2004 the team finished at .500 or better.
The Timberwolves took a step forward in the 2015 season, finishing the year 6-6 in the GLIAC and reaching the conference tournament.
The 2014 season saw the Timberwolves finish the year very strong, ending the year by going 3-0-1. Included in that stretch were wins over Tiffin, Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.
The Timberwolves had won six matches in each of the previous two seasons, reaching the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals both times.
Prior to becoming head coach, Papaps spent three seasons as an assistant for both the men's and women's program at Northwood. He was instrumental in the women's team going from two wins in 2008 to eight victories in 2010. Pappas mentored Amanda Watson to the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year award in 2010.
Pappas came to Northwood with a variety of coaching experience. He was the head coach at Saginaw Valley from 2002-03, guiding the Cardinals to its first regional ranking in school history. SVSU had its best record in program history under Pappas and featured All-Region goalkeeper Adrian Thomas. Pappas has also enjoyed success as the Flushing High School Boys and Girls coach, winning a total of seven District Championships and one Regional title.
He has a USSF National Coaching license and remains active in youth soccer. Pappas is member of the MSYSA Instructional staff as well as a member of the Olympic Development Program Staff.
Pappas is currently on the Boys ODP coaching staff. In the summer of 2012, he guided the 95 Boys to a National championship win in Texas. Coach Pappas is also a member of the MSYSA Coaching Education staff and remains committed to improving the quality of coaching in Michigan.
Pappas has been married to his wife Elainie for 30 years. They have two adult children.