Fitzgerald Named NSCAA Men's Coach Of The Year

Jan. 20, 2003

UCLA men's soccer head coach Tom Fitzgerald was selected the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas National Coach of the Year after guiding UCLA to the NCAA title. The honors were announced this weekend at the NSCAA Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the 2003 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

In his first year at the helm of the Bruin squad, Fitzgerald became only the third coach in history to claim NCAA national championships in both Division I and Division II. He is also just the second coach ever to win a Division I men's title in his first year with the program.

Returning to the college ranks after a stint as head coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, Fitzgerald led the Bruins to a record of 18-3-3 and their first Pac-10 Conference championship. A three-time NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year while at the University of Tampa, he earned his first national title in 1994, leading Tampa to a 15-2-1 record.

Fitzgerald's award was just the second ever for a Bruin coach. Sigi Schmid was UCLA's first recipient in 1997.

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