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NSCAA/Mondo National Coaches of the Year
January 18th, 2011 12:49PM

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[AWARDS] Ken Lolla, who led No. 1 seed Louisville to the Men's College Cup championship game, and Randy Waldrum, who coached Notre Dame to its third NCAA Division I women's title, were among the NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year award winners recognized at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet. For all the college, high school and youth winners ...

NCAA Division I Men
Ken Lolla, Louisville
Lolla guided the Cardinals to their first appearance in the NCAA championship game and concluded the season with a 20-1-3 record. The 20 wins were the most in program history. The Cardinals played before cards of more than 5,000 in each game of their NCAA tournament run. Two of his players earned NSCAA All-America honors this season. He has a career record of 269-113-44 in 21 seasons as a head coach.
 
NCAA Division II Men
John Basalyga, Northern Kentucky
Basalyga led the Norse to its first NCAA title, closing the season with a 20-2-3 records. In his eight seasons at Northern Kentucky, he has compiled a record of 116-39-19. Before moving to the collegiate ranks, he was a highly successful high school coach, claiming three Ohio state championships in 22 winnings seasons. His daughter, Lindsay, is the women’s coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
 
NCAA Division III Men
Chris Yeager, Lynchburg
Yeager’s team made a stunning run to the national championship game, ending the season with a 20-5-1 record and falling in overtime in the final. The Hornets  entered the NCAA tournament unranked, yet scored wins over the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 teams in the nation to make it to the championship. The 20 wins were a single-season school record and improve Yeager’s career mark to 103-62-16 in nine seasons at Lynchburg.

NCAA Division I Women
Randy Waldrum, Notre Dame
Waldrum’s Fighting Irish won their third national championship, the second during his tenure in South Bend. During their tournament run, Notre Dame outscored their opponents 15-1 to close their season with a 21-2-2 record, boosting Waldrum’s career mark to 253-36-11 in 12 seasons with the Irish and 360-86-23 in 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
 
NCAA Division II Women
David DiIanni, Grand Valley State
DiIanni’s squad captured its second consecutive NCAA national championship in 2010, becoming the Division II women’s team to repeat in nine years. The Lakers concluded the season with a 22-1-2 record, boosting DiIanni’s record to 157-15-10 in eight seasons at Grand Valley State. This is his second NSCAA National Coach of the Year award after earning the honor in 2006.
 
NCAA Division III Women
Marcus Wood, Hardin-Simmons
Wood’s team ended Messiah’s dominance in the NCAA title game to give Hardin-Simmons its first NCAA championship. HSU outscored its opponents by a margin of 113-6 on the way to a 24-0-1 record, improving Wood’s record to 198-24-19 in 11 seasons. He is a three-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year and a six-time American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year.
 
NAIA Men
Chris Kranjc, Hastings
After reaching the semifinals in 2003 and 2005, Kranjc’s team finally broke through in 2010, claiming its first NAIA national championship, running the table to close the season at 25-0. In his 11 seasons at Hastings, Kranjc has won eight conference titles and has a record of 209-47-16.
 
NAIA Women
Ted Flogaites, Hastings
Under Flogaites’ direction, the Hastings women advanced to the NAIA national championship game before falling to three-time champion Lee University. Standing 1-4-1 after the first six games of the season, Hastings proceeded to win 16 of its next 18 games and advanced on penalties in the two ties. Flogaites has a 57-19-8 record in four seasons at Hastings and a 104-82-12 career record in 10 seasons.
 
NCCAA Division I Women
Jason Crist, Spring Arbor
In his eleventh season at the Spring Arbor helm, Crist and the Cougars claimed their first NCCAA national title, closing the season with an 18-5-2 record. Spring Arbor has emerged as a power in the Midwest, posting a 112-34-13 record in the past seven years. In his 11 seasons at Spring Arbor, Crist has an overall record of 176-69-18.
 
NCCAA Division II Women
Sommer Rodolph, Maranatha Baptist Bible
Rodolph directed the Crusaders to their best finish ever in the NCCAA tournament, advancing to the championship game before falling to Manhattan Christian. The team’s 13-7 record in 2010. The Crusaders have qualified for the NCCAA tournament each of the two seasons Rodolph has been the head coach.
 
NCCAA Division I Men
Jose Gomez, Palm Beach Atlantic
Faced with a rebuilding year, Jose Gomez instead reloaded his Sailfish squad. With only four seniors, he took his team to the NCCAA Division I title with a 15-6 record after a 3-3 start. His teams have earned NCCAA post-season berths in five of his six seasons. The 15 wins were a single-season record for the program.

NCCAA Division II Men
James Whitaker, Clearwater Christian
Whitaker claims his second consecutive National Coach of the Year award after his Cougars successfully defended their NCCAA national title in 2010. The team posted a record of 14-5-1, with a 9-0-1 mark against NCCAA opponents. Whitaker now has a record of 38-14-7 in three seasons at Clearwater Christian.

Junior College Division I Women
Kacey Bingham, Paradise Valley Community College
Bingham guided her team to a record of 24-0 and the NJCAA national championship. The Pumas took the title by outscoring their foes 16-1 and shutting out their final three opponents. The head coach at Paradise Valley since 2006, she has a career record of 87-12-6, including 43 wins in the past two seasons.
 
Junior College Division III Women
Kristin Hauge, San Bernardino Valley College
In their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, Hauge’s team won the 2010 CCCAA California State championship with a record of 20-1-4. Her team has won three straight Foothill Conference titles. In six seasons at San Bernardino Valley, she has fashioned a career record of 90-30-19.
 
Junior College Division I Men
Steve Clements, Tyler Junior College
Clements earns his second National Coach of the Year award in as many years after his team won its second consecutive NJCAA national title.  The Apaches are undefeated in their past 42 games. In their three post-season tournament games, Tyler outscored their opponents 11-1. Clements also won National Coach of the Year honors in 2000 while at Meridian (Miss.) Community College.
 
Junior College Division III Men
Frank Vertullo, Suffolk County
Vertullo led Suffolk to its first NJCAA national championship last season with a 19-0-1 record. Along the way they defeated Richland Community College and Herkimer County Community College, two teams which combined had won the past 12 national titles. Since taking the rains at Suffolk four years ago, Vertullo has compiled a 67-3-6 record, the best in junior college play during that span.

Youth Coach of the Year
Sean Bubb, Lonestar SC, Austin, Texas
Executive Director of Soccer for Lonestar SC overseeing both boys and girls programs. Sean joined Lonestar in 2005 when the club consisted of 900 players.  Today Lonestar has 5000 players! As a coach Sean's Lonestar teams have won dozens of state titles, four regional championships and last summer the 91G from Lonestar became the first girls team from South Texas to win a national championship.  Sean has been a Region III ODP coach for years and has helped he's put 100's of players into college.  Sean holds a UEFA 'A' license.
 
High School Assistant Coach of the Year
Graham Kennett, Byram Hills
Since 2006, the Byram Hills boys team has compiled a record of 97-8-8, winning five league championships, four sectional and three regional titles and the school’s first state championship. According to head coach Matthew Allen, the success is directly attributable to Kennett’s tactical vision and his ability to communicate that vision in a way that his high school athletes can understand and implement. Kennett also coaches with the Manhattanville College women’s team, and in 2007 his youth girls team won the Kick-It World Championships in 3 v. 3 soccer.
 
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Collegiate Assistant Coach of the Year
Jared Embick, Akron
During his four years on the University of Akron’s staff, Embick has helped the Zips to the pinnacle of Division I men’s soccer. Akron earned its first national championship in December and since Embick joined the staff four years ago the team has posted a 77-8-9 record. In the past two seasons, the team has lost just one game during the regular run of play, with a 45-2-3 record. In that time they set NCAA records with 11 consecutive shutouts and a 39-game unbeaten streak at home.
 
High School Girls Division I
Alex Aiman, Blue Valley West (Kan.)
Aiman has guided his Jaguars two back-to-back Kansas 6A state titles while playing in the highly-competitive East Kansas League. In the last two girls’ seasons, they have a record of 39-3-0. They concluded the spring 2010 season No. 18 in the NSCAA national rankings. He also led his boys team to the state title last fall with a 20-1-0 record.
 
High School Girls Division II
Hank Tenney, Rivendell (N.H.)
Tenney concluded his final season at Rivendell’s helm in style, winning the school’s first Vermont Division IV state championship with a 17-1 record. He is retiring after 30 years of coaching with a career record of 432-79-17, including a 36-12-1 mark in three seasons at Rivendell. This is Tenney’s second National Coach of the Year award after earning the honor in 2001.
 
High School Girls Private/Parochial
Jimmy Weekley, The Baylor School (Tenn.)
Weekley led his team to a record of 17-0-2 and the Tennessee Division II state title. It was the seventh state title for the team in 11 trips to the championship game. Ranked No. 2 in the final NSCAA national poll, the Baylor School has won 13 of the last 16 regional championships, including an active string of seven straight. Weekley has a 257-26-26 record in 15 seasons as coach.
 
High School Boys Division I
Jeff Hoham, Lincoln East (Neb.)
Hoham’s Lincoln East side posted a spotless 24-0 record, the most wins ever by a boys high school team in Nebraska. The picked up their fourth state championship and completed the spring 2010 season ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA. Hoham also is a TOP soccer volunteer and a clinician for the Nebraska Coaches Association.
 
High School Boys Division II
David Pinkham, Gilford (N.H.)
Pinkham’s team earned their 14th Division III state title while outscoring their opponents by a 111-3 margin. They have reached the finals 23 times in the past 34 years. His teams have established national records for fewest goals allowed (three), longest unbeaten streak (133 games) and consecutive championships (10).
 
High School Boys Private/Parochial
Paul Rose, Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.)
Rose’s Jesuit team went undefeated in 30 matches this season to win the Division I championship. They were ranked No. 3 in the final NSCAA boys fall poll and have won a record nine section titles, including six in the past 10 years. This is the third time Rose has won National Coach of the Year honors, having earned the distinction in 2003 and 2006. He has an overall record of 631-93-95.



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  1. Clayton Berling
    commented on: January 19, 2011 at 7:54 p.m.
    It's great to be a coach of the year, a tribute which underlines an outstanding performance on the field for the players as well. The next step is to augment that performance with a crowd which respects that accomplishment. Every coach, and not just the above winners, should pledge to work at getting a crowd to see their products. Pledge a minimum of 100 spectators at every game; if 100 is already the average, shoot for 500; if 500 is the average, shoot for 1000; if 1000 is the average, shoot for 2500; if 2500 is your average, shoot for 5,000. To develop the game we need fans who support games at every level. That will build your program, build the collegiate level, the pro level, the national team level, for both genders. If we want a successful game in the USA and at the world level, we need to provide that fan support base. It's a shame that the MLS and WPS aren't getting the attendance they deserve. If they did, we could provide the funding we need to attain World Cup achievement.


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