UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University men's soccer head coach Cale Wassermann has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year, announced in Indianapolis on Friday evening (Jan. 18). Wassermann, in just his third season, becomes the first ever NSCAA National Coach of the Year in program history.
Winners of back-to-back GLIAC titles, Wassermann helped Saginaw Valley post its most successful season in school history and advanced to the NCAA DII Championship Game for the first time in program history. In that time Wassermann has led the Cardinals to an impressive 39-14-10 record and back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships. He became just the fourth coach in GLIAC history to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.
Saginaw Valley posted a program-best 18 wins and a 10-1-1 home record in 2012, as well finishing the season ranked No. 2 in final NSCAA top-25 poll. Senior forward Zach Myers (Grand Rapids, Mich/Forest Hills Eastern) was named NSCAA DII National Player of the Year, the first player in program history to receive the honor. Myers and and senior goalkeeper Jason Wise (Troy, Mich.) also became the first two players in program history to be named All-Americans.
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.