Dakota Chan played high school soccer at RA McMath Secondary School in Richmond, B.C., where she earned Top Female Athlete honors on five occasions, including the 2018 recipient of the Campbell Cup for the school's top student-athlete. The team finished in the top eight of the AAA High School Provincials four times, including a fifth-place finish in 2015. In 2016, McMath took sixth place before finishing seventh in 2017. In 2018, Chan captained McMath to a fifth-place finish and was named to the Commissioner's 11. Chan has made the Principal’s Honour Roll every year since 2014 and has won a Straight A Achievement Award every year since 2015. Chan was a multi-sport athlete at RA McMath, where she competed in field hockey, swimming, cross-country, basketball and track and field. Chan won swimming Vancouver and District titles in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly in 2017 as well as the 200m medley relay at the 2016 Provincial Championships. In 2017, Chan captained the McMath field hockey team to a fifth-place finish at high school Provincials, the best finish in school history, and earned Team MVP honors individually. She also played for the Field Hockey Canada Junior National Team from 2015 to 2017. Chan was named Richmond's High School Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for Sport BC's High School Athlete of the Year.
Chan played club soccer for TSS FC, which also produced current Husker Natalie Cooke, under Coach Brendan Quarry. TSS FC captured the 2017 Metro Women’s Select League Cup. In 2018, Chan played for the TSS FC Rovers in the WPSL.
Dakota is the daughter of Tania and Peter, and was born on March 2, 2000. Dakota has two younger siblings, sister, Hope, and brother, Bodhi. Dakota is majoring in applied climate science at Nebraska.
Chan on Nebraska
“Nebraska has everything I am looking for in a university, including excellent academics, academics, world-class facilities, top-notch coaching and an inspiring atmosphere. When I visited the campus, I immediately knew Nebraska was the place for me. The coaches made me feel like Nebraska was a place with endless opportunities where I can achieve my academic and athletic goals while contributing to the success of an outstanding team. The Nebraska soccer program is one that genuinely cares for its players both on and off the field.”