David Madsen joined the Bison in May 2015 after spending five years as an assistant at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During Madsen's tenure at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Panthers won four straight Horizon League championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-13. In 2011, the squad defeated Illinois State in the first round to mark the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history.
Among his myriad of duties at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Madsen served as the team's goalkeepers coach. His top goalkeeper in 2011, Jamie Forbes, posted 11 shutouts and was named the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Most recently, keeper Paige Lincicum was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2013.
In his three seasons as assistant coach, Madsen has helped the Bison compile a 39-17-5 record, including a 21-4-2 mark in the Patriot League. Madsen is part of a coaching staff that earned NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2016, helping Bucknell capture the league championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. The Bison repeated as league champs and made a second straight NCAA appearance in 2017.
Madsen's impact can be seen most readily by the success of goalkeeper Jessica Ratner ‘17. Ratner was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016, becoming the first Bison in program history to receive the honor, while receiving Second Team NSCAA All-Region recognition. Ratner graduated as the program's all-time leader in shutouts and goalkeeper wins. In Ratner's first season with Madsen, she earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors, while setting team records in shutouts (11), consecutive shutouts (6) and scoreless minutes (655.03). She led the Patriot League in shutouts and save percentage (.857), while her 11 shutouts ranked eighth in Division I.
Madsen then groomed Ratner's successor, sophomore Dani Kaufman, who backstopped a defense that set a school record with six straight shutout victories in 2017.
Madsen currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "B" License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 diploma.
In addition to his on-field duties, Madsen played a major role in the program's recruiting efforts, and he helped coordinate a number of community service and alumni events. He also assisted with the team's academic enhancement efforts, and during his five years in Milwaukee coached nine NSCAA Scholar-All-Region and three Scholar All-America student-athletes.
Prior to his arrival at Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010, Madsen spent four years (2006-09) as the head men's and women's coach at Division III Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and three years (2003-05) as an assistant coach at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, which is his alma mater. In 2008, Madsen led the Lakeland men to their first winning season since 1994. The Muskies went 8-7-2 that year and posted a school record for goals in a season. On the women's side, Lakeland posted a pair of 10-win seasons during his tenure.
He has also been active in the club soccer scene. He has served as the club goalkeeper coach with North Shore United Soccer Club and FC Wisconsin Soccer Club. He has also been a staff member with the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program and the Wisconsin's US Soccer Training Center while also serving as director and partner of the Milwaukee Elite Academy Soccer Camps.
A Milwaukee native, Madsen was a goalkeeper during his playing days at Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he captained the team as a senior in 2002. He led the team to three NCAA Round of 16 appearances and posted a career 0.92 goals-against average with 24 shutouts and a 38-14-4 record. He was an NSCAA All-Region selection in 2002.
Madsen was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UWW. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration in December 2003 and his master's in curriculum and instruction in December 2005.
"David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program," said head coach Kelly Kuss. "He comes from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he helped guide the team to four NCAA appearances in five years. David has trained high-level goalkeepers at the college and semi-professional levels, and he was instrumental in the success of the back line at UW Milwaukee. David also spent time as a head coach at the Division III level and has experience in all aspects of the profession. He has a great mind for the game and will be a tremendous asset to the program. I feel very fortunate to have David as a part of our staff at Bucknell."
Madsen resides in Lewisburg with his wife Lisa and daughter Emma.