Bret Simon Named 2001 NSCAA/adidas Far West Coach of the Year
Jan. 3, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford head coach Bret Simon recently garnered his second Coach of the Year honor for the 2001 season, as the first-year men's soccer coach was named 2001 NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional Coach of the Year. Simon also was tabbed the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after his Cardinal team was crowned Pac-10 champions for the first time.
Simon, the first coach to lead two different men's teams to the College Cup, guided the Cardinal to a 19-2-1 overall mark on his first season on The Farm. Stanford advanced to its second College Cup in program history and fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The overall record was the best in men's soccer history and the Cardinal finished with a final No. 3 national ranking.
Simon, who was the head coach at Creighton for the past six seasons before coming to Stanford, guided the Bluejays to the most successful season in school history in 2000, with a 22-4-0 overall record and a second trip to the College Cup in five years. Simon posted a 96-26-9 overall mark at Creighton and achieved his 100th career win with a 3-1 triumph over then-No. 11 Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 9, 2001 with the Cardinal.
In 2001, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in several statistical categories, including: points (126), goals (43), assists (40), goals allowed (7) and shutouts (10). The Cardinal were edged by eventual national champion North Carolina 3-2 in four overtime periods in the NCAA semifinals.