Michigan State's Baum named Coach of the Year

[SOCCER AMERICA AWARDS] Joe Baum, retiring after 32 years as Michigan State's head coach, earned the 2008 Soccer America Men's Coach of the Year award after leading the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.

Their 13-5-2 record tied the school mark for wins in a season.

Baum, who began his coaching career under legendary Bob Guelker at SIU-Edwardsville, was an assistant at Wisconsin-Green Bay and Michigan State, his alma mater, before becoming head coach in 1977.

He retires as MSU head coach with a 320-228-54 record.

Baum was the goalkeeper on the Spartans' two co-national championship teams in 1966 and 1967.

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