Soccer Assistant Coach Mike Calise Earns National Award

April 29, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University Assistant Women's Soccer Coach Mike Calise has been selected as one of the 500 scholastic and collegiate assistant coaches to be awarded the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. A panel of judges from Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine, the nation's leading publication for the team athletic marketplace, made the selections. The winners were selected from a field of more than 350,000 coaches across the nation.

The criteria in the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year program allowed for coaches to win based on longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout their careers. The selections were based on nominations made by head coaches, athletic administrators, past and current student-athletes, fans and the Board members themselves.

'Mike is well deserving of this award,' said head coach Ray Leone. 'He has had a great deal to do with helping get Arizona State into the NCAA Tournament and finish with a Top-25 national rankings. All of his hard work has paid off with the successful results on the field and now nationally with this honor. We are all really happy for Mike.'

Calise is starting his third season as a Sun Devil assistant coach responsible for recruiting and other on field activities. Calise was a principal factor in Arizona State earning a No. 4 national recruiting ranking for the 2002 class by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Last year, Calise also helped to lead Arizona State back to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the second round and finished the regular season ranked in the top-25 by Soccer America. During the 2001 year, Calise helped to coach the Sun Devils to a school tying record for least amount of opponents goals allowed in a season (23).

'AFLAC is pleased to sponsor the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Program,' Joe Kuechenmeister, AFLAC Senior Vice President stated. 'Assistant Coaches are the unsung heroes of American sport. So many of us were positively affected by our participation in sports that we wanted to pay tribute to these hard-working, under-recognized coaches who do so much to improve the young people that they work with.'

'We were extremely impressed with the quality of the nominees,' Bruce Weber, Publisher of Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director commented. 'The majority of the nominations were prepared in great detail. The nominators obviously felt very deeply about the assistant coaches they were recommending.'

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