Daniel Thayer started his playing career in youth lacrosse leagues in Northern Virginia which prepared him for being a four-year starter between the pipes at his high school where he was the two-time team MVP and named to the all conference team his junior and senior year. He also set a team record for saves in a single season.
He was then recruited to play at the University of Mary Washington where he played goalie for the eagle’s division three lacrosse his freshman and sophomore year. During his sophomore year he won the team’s Unsung Hero award. During Thayer’s junior and senior year he switched positions and played midfield for the Eagles club lacrosse program. Also while at UMW, coach Thayer assisted in the Eagle’s Nike Lacrosse summer camps.
After graduating cum laude from UMW, coach Thayer eventually found his way to Chapel Hill, where he began his coaching career in earnest. In 2011 Coach Thayer teamed up with Coach Manning and assisted Coach Zirkle’s East Chapel Hill High School to the NCHSAA lacrosse state final. In 2012 Coach Thayer brought his coaching talents to Daniels Middle School, where he was also a student teaching 8th grade social studies classes. While at DMS he coached the Mavericks defense, which held opposites to an average of less than 6 goals a game and posted a 14-2 record and a trip to the Wake County Middle School Lacrosse finals.
Coach Thayer lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Linden. Coach Thayer is more than excited to help the Hilltoppers at every level. He is the head assistant for the U-13 program, the goalie and defense coach for the varsity program, and helps the elite goalies as well. His goal is to help each member of the program see his skill set improve every day.