Bret Simon Named Pac-10 Coach Of The Year
Nov. 17, 2009
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Head Coach Bret Simon was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinal to a 10-5-2 record in 2009. The Cardinal rebounded from a four win season in 2008 to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.
Simon earned his second Pac-10 coach of the year award, previously being honored in 2002. Simon improved his record to 78-68-28 at Stanford, including leading the Cardinal to the tournament for the third time in nine seasons.
Simon made a couple key adjustments during the 2009 season, most notably moving All-Pac-10 forward Bobby Warshaw to defense after losing a pair of starting defenders to graduation. The move shored up the already strong defense, while a revamped offense was much improved in 2009.
Warshaw and Michael Strickland were also honored on Tuesday as All-Pac-10 first team performers. It is the second consecutive season of earning the same honor for both players.
Despite his move to central defense, Warshaw led the Cardinal in goals for the second straight season. The Stanford sophomore scored six goals, mostly on set pieces where he was able to move up from his defensive role.
Strickland led Stanford as the team captain from his holding midfield position. He started every game for the Cardinal this season where he acts as a quarterback on the field for Stanford.
Being honored as All-Pac-10 second team were forwards Adam Jahn and Evan Morgan. The freshman Jahn gave Stanford a new look on offense as a target forward, while Morgan, a sixth-year senior, led the team in assists with four and was second on the team in points with 12.
The Cardinal begin what they hope will be a long journey through the NCAA tournament on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:00 p.m. when they face Saint Mary's at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.