Neumann University’s head men’s soccer coach Kevin Sloan was named the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year. Sloan was one of eight coaches in Division III to receive this honor.
Coach Sloan and the Knights played in the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, the furthest the program has ever advanced.
“It is a tremendous honor and one that is certainly reflective of our team’s achievements. It is a great feeling to see the players achieve some of the goals that they set out early in the season”, said Coach Sloan. “Given that there are so many great coaches in our region alone, it’s nice to be lumped in with some of the more prestigious coaches and schools in the country. I hold this award in high regard and the Neumann players have created this platform.”
Neumann won its second straight Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Title and compete it the NCAA Tournament. In the first round, the Knights advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 tie with Salisbury.
In round two, Neumann traveled to No. 1 Messiah. The Knights came away with a 1-0 overtime win, one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.
Neumann was paired with Montclair State for the Sweet 16 round. After a tough battle, the Knights fell 2-1. Neumann finished the season 14-5-1.
Twenty-four men's soccer coaches at NCAA institutions have been recognized by their peers with the announcement of the 2011 NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coaches of the Year. These coaches will be joined by those coaches whose teams advanced to the NCAA semifinals on the ballot for NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year in their respective divisions.
Recipients of the national award will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet, to be held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Kansas City Convention Center in conjunction with the 2012 NSCAA Convention.
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