2012 NSCAA/FieldTurf National Coaches of the Year

NSCAA/Field Turf Men’s Coaches of the Year

NCAA Division I - Brian Wiese, Georgetown University

The 2012 season marked Wiese’s seventh as head of the Georgetown men’s soccer team and one of the most memorable seasons in the program’s history. Wiese and the Hoyas concluded the year with a 19-4-3 overall record, the most wins recorded in a single season by the team. Additionally, Wiese led the Hoyas to an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Men’s College Cup championship game, a BIG EAST Blue Division Regular Season Championship, and a trip to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game.

In his seven year with Georgetown, Wiese has amassed a 74-50-15 overall record and a 37-29-5 mark in the Big East.

NCAA Division II - Cale Wassermann, Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)

Wassermann concluded his third season as head coach for the SVSU Cardinals with an impressive 18-3-4 overall record and a 9-2-2 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. This season was the program’s best finish in its history, which included the team’s second-straight GLIAC Men’s Soccer Tournament Title and a run all the way to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship game.

In his three years leader of his alma mater’s men’s program, Wassermann has earned a 39-14-10 coaching record. This season, the Cardinals ended with a 10-1-1 home record and a No. 2 finish in the NSCAA Top 25 national poll.

NCAA Division III - Brad McCarty, Messiah College (Pa.)

Since taking over as head coach of the Messiah men’s program in 2009, McCarty has established the Falcon men’s program as one of the nation’s best. He concluded his fourth season as the Falcons’ head coach with the program’s seventh NCAA Division III National Championship, concluding the year with a 24-1 overall record.

McCarty, who has been with the Messiah program for a total of 12 seasons, earns his second NSCAA National Coach of the Year honor this year. In his head coaching career with Messiah, McCarty has recorded an amazing 89-4-1 overall record.

NAIA - Brian McMahon, Belhaven University (Miss.)

In his first season as head coach at Belhaven, McMahon led the Blazers to the 2012 NAIA National Championship title, a 19-4-1 overall record and a 7-3-1 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

The team’s national title was the program’s second and the school’s third in any sport. Prior to joining Belhaven, McMahon spent 11 seasons at Greenville College (Ill.) and led that program to three conference tournament appearances and multiple trips into the national tournament.

NCCAA Division I - Ryan Jorden, California Baptist University

In five seasons as head coach of the Lancers, Jorden has become the most successful coach in the program’s history. He and the team concluded the 2012 season with a 16-5-2 overall mark, a 10-3-1 record in the PacWest and the NCCAA National Championship.

Jorden has posted a 60-30-10 coaching record and is the first coach in Cal Baptist history to lead the Lancers to five-straight postseason berths.

NCCAA Division II - Chris McHugh, Moody Bible Institute (Ill)

In his first season as head of the Moody Bible Institute men’s soccer program, McHugh guided the Archers to an 18-2-0 record and the NCCAA Division II National Championship. In addition to his National Coach of the Year nod, he also had three 2012 NSCAA All-Americans on his team.

McHugh has an extensive coaching background at the collegiate, high school, youth club and camp levels, and has also earned his NSCAA Goalkeeping 1 and 2 diplomas.

Junior College Division I - Nelson Cupello, Monroe Community College

Cupello just completed 23rd year as head coach at Monroe Community College with a record breaking season of 18-1-1. A 2002 NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with a career record at MCC of 303-101-27, he played in two NJCAA National Tournaments reaching the finals in 1971. He is also a former All-American at Monroe Community College and SUNY Brockport and a member of the SUNY Brockport team that was National Champion in 1974. That title led to him to being drafted No. 1 by the Rochester Lancers of the NASL and his pro career spanned from 1975 to 1980.

Junior College Division III - Juan Sanchez, Mt. San Antonio College (Calif.)

Sanchez concluded his 11th season with the Mt. San Antonio men’s team and led the Mountie program to its fourth-straight CCCAA Championship. The Mounties finished the season with an overall record of 21-3-1 and gave Sanchez his eighth SCC Championship and Coach of the Year Honor.

In the past four seasons (2009-12), Sanchez’s teams have only lost five games to boast a record of 82-5-11 in that time period.

High School Division I - John Conlon, East Kentwood High School (Mich.)

Conlon led the East Kentwood boys soccer team to a 22-1-4 record and the program’s fourth Division I Michigan state title in the past six seasons. In his time as head coach of the Falcons, Conlon has established the program as one of the premier teams in Michigan and among the top in the nation.

In addition to this award, Conlon also coached a 2012 NSCAA All-American in Charlie Constantino. He and the Falcons finished No. 13 in the final NSCAA High School poll.

High School Division II - O'Brien Byrd, Whitefish High School (Mont.)

Since being named head coach of the Whitefish High boys team, Byrd has guided the Bulldogs to four Class A state championships, including the past two in a row. Additionally, he tallied his 100th career win this season in Whitefish’s win against his high school alma mater, Columbia Falls.

This season, Byrd and the Bulldogs finished 15-0, and he now has a 105-27-16 overall coaching record. Even heading into the 2013 season, Whitefish is looking for its third Montana state title and riding a 26-game winning streak.

Private/Parochial - Scott Molfenter, Carroll High School (Ohio)

With a 2-0 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Molfenter led the Carroll High boys team to its third-straight Division II state title. The Patriots also completed an unbeaten season with its 19-0-4 record, earned its fourth state title in five seasons and moved their unbeaten streak to 60 games heading into the 2013 season.

 Youth Boys - Greg Winkler, Fond du Lac Youth Soccer (Wisc.)

Winkler has served in three roles with the Fond du Lac School Districted in his 23 years: teacher, assistant athletic director and boys and girls head soccer coach. In addition to these roles, he also serves as the president of the Fond du Lac Soccer Association and writes a regular column for FDLreporter.com

NSCAA/Field Turf Women’s Coaches of the Year

NCAA Division I - Erica Walsh, Penn State University

This past fall marked Walsh’s 12th season at the helm of the Nittany Lion women’s program. The 2012 season also marked the program’s first-ever appearance in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament and the program’s second-consecutive 20-win season.

With the team’s 21-4-2 record this year, Walsh’s coaching record stands at 140-64-10 with the Penn State program. In addition to her duties as leader of the PSU team, she also serves as assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a position she’s held since December 2007.

NCAA Division II - Joe Bartlinski, University of West Florida

A 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Championship, a dominating win in the Gulf South Conference Tournament finals, and an equally impressive 24-1 record is what Bartlinski guided the Argonauts toward in the 2012 season.

Since taking the reins in 2001, Bartlinski has solidified the West Florida women’s program as a soccer powerhouse and himself as one of the most successful active coaches in college soccer. The Argonauts have earned an NCAA Tournament bid in almost every season under his tutelage. His career record currently stands at 203-27-14 overall and 83-4-1 in the Gulf South Conference.

NCAA Division III - Mark Stauffer, Misericordia University (Pa.)

Stauffer led the Cougar women’s program in a memorable season as its 13th-year head coach. The 2012 season marked for the Misericordia a 20-3-2 overall record, a Freedom Conference Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Final Four. It was the second straight season the program at least appeared in the conference tournament final and the NCAA Tournament.

Stauffer, keeper of an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma, owns a 170-82-14 career record, including this season’s school record 20 wins.

NAIA - Bill Bahr, Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)

Bahr led the Olivet Nazarene women’s team through a memorable run in his 13th season as head coach which concluded with an appearance in the 2012 NAIA National Championship game. The Tigers finished the season 19-4-1 overall, undefeated at 11-0 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and became just the fourth team in school history to advance to the semifinal round of an NAIA National Tournament.

Bahr remains active with the NSCAA, as he is a member of the Midwest All-America Committee. He has also earned his Advanced National and Goalkeeping Diplomas.

NCCAA Division I - Kristen St. Clair, California Baptist University

With her sixth season as head of the Lancer women’s program under her belt, St. Clair has established herself as the winningest coach in program history. The team’s 18-2-1 season culminated with an NCCAA Division I Women’s Tournament title and a PacWest Conference title.

The player-turned-coach career record now stands at 97-25-8 overall. This is St. Clair’s second-consecutive NSCAA National Coach of the Year honor. She is also a member of the NSCAA All-America Committee.

NCCAA Division II - Mark Bates, Clearwater Christian College (Fla.)

Bates and the Lady Cougars earned the NCCAA Division II Championship title and wrapped up the 2012 season with an 18-2 overall record. This past season proved to be the most successful for the program, as the 18-win total was the best in its history. Additionally, Bates led a Clearwater Christian team that outscored NCCAA DII opponents 61-2 and recorded 12 shutouts.

This is the Lady Cougars’ second NSCAA national award of the season, as junior Tori Hale was named the NSCAA National Player of the Year.

Junior College Division I - Kacey Bingham, Paradise Valley Community College (Ariz.)

Bingham closed out her final season as head coach of the Paradise Valley women’s program on a high note with an NJCCAA national championship, its second in three years. She also led the Pumas to an unbeaten record of 23-0-1 overall.

Bingham was named head coach in 2006 and earned a 125-14-8 career record in that time period. She will now lead NCAA Division II program, the Dixie State College Red Storm. This is her second NSCAA Coach of the Year award in her career.

Junior College Division III - Ruben Gonzalez, Cerritos College (Calif.)

Gonzalez has spent the last eight seasons with the Cerritos College Falcons and compiled a 170-17-13 record and eight South Coach Conference titles. In 2012, the Falcon women’s program won its third state title and second national title in the championship game. Cerritos finished the season 21-2-2 overall with an 11-2-1 in-conference mark.

In each of his seasons as head coach, Gonzalez has led the team to the Southern California Regional Playoffs, while the team has won 20 or more games each season.

High School Division I - Randy Dodge, Aliso Niguel High School (Calif.)

Dodge spent more than 20 years with the Aliso Niguel High School girls and boys soccer teams. He also has the distinction of leading those teams to 11 league championships and two state championships under his guidance. In March 2012, Dodge’s team finished the season 22-1-5 overall and brought home the Southern California Regionals Girls Division I title.

High School Division II - Steve Burgess, American Heritage School (Fla.)

Burgess led the Patriots girls team to a 27-2-1 overall mark in 2012 and made its eighth consecutive appearance in the state championship final. American Heritage won the title 5-0 against Bolles, to capture the title for the third straight year and for the fifth time in the school’s history.

Private/Parochial - Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley High School (Okla.)

Following a 4-1 win against Newcastle High school in May 2012, Tokarchik and the Bishop Kelley girls team earned their 13th state championship in the past 14 years. The Comets has also won 27 consecutive games dating back to the 2011 season. All of this success was after the state association moved the program up from 5A level to 6A.

Assistant Coaches of the Year

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Assistant Men’s Coach of the Year - Johnny Torres, Creighton University (Neb.)

Torres has been with the Bluejay men’s program  for six seasons, helping the team to a 17-4-3 record (5-0-1 Missouri Valley Conference) and a run to the semifinal round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s College Cup.

2012 marked Torres’ second Regional Assistant Coach of the Year and first National Assistant Coach of the Year award. His role with Creighton includes scouting, recruiting and training. Prior to his current stint with the Bluejays, Torres spent several seasons as a professional soccer player.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Assistant Women’s Coach of the Year - Bill Palladino, University of North Carolina

Palladino has been with the Tar Heel women’s program for 33 years and has played in integral role in the storied program’s success. As the defensive mastermind for UNC, he has helped the team to numerous conference and national titles. This season, UNC won its 22nd national title and kept all opponents to just 17 goals this season.

Junior College - Suzie Hinman, Butler Community College

Hinman has made a tremendous impact with the Grizzlies program since joining in 2011, helping the team to two consecutive conference titles and berths into the NJCAA National Tournament the past two seasons.

In 2012, the team finished 22-3-0, moving the program’s overall record to 42-6-1 (25-1-0 in conference) since Hinman has been on the bench. This season also marked the first time the team has reached a No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA poll and a new school record in single-season wins.

High School - Kevin Barrows, Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.)

Barrows helped lead the Wesleyan Christian Academy boys soccer team to an undefeated season and the North Carolina State championship. The Trojans finished with an amazing 25-0 overall record and 8-0 in league action. The team also finished the season No. 3 in the NSCAA High School Fall Rankings.