Wurzberger Earns UEFA 'A' Coaching License
Jan. 20, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington men's soccer head coach Dean Wurzberger received word Tuesday he has passed his Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 'A' Coaching License test, earning one of the highest coaching qualifications in soccer.
Wurzberger spent a total of 22 months and 180 hours working toward his license, during which he made three trips to England and spent four weeks in residency in two parts over two summers.
This week, Wurzberger participated in two back-to-back coaching sessions with the top England FA director overseeing the lessons. Wurzberger passed the test to give him his 'A' license, just a step below the highest of all qualifications, a UEFA Pro license, which is required of all coaches in the highest divisions of pro soccer in Europe.
Wurzberger, who will enter his 19th season at the helm of the Husky program in 2010, is the winningest coach in UW men's soccer history. The 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Wurzberger has led the Huskies to the NCAA postseason in 11 of the last 15 years, including back-to-back second round appearances in 2006 and 2007, as well as a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, on the heels of two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles.
His record in 18 seasons stands at a stellar 209-106-40 (.645). After reaching the 200-career win milestone in 2007, Wurzberger became the first Husky coach to collect 200 victories at Washington in 2008. His consistency is amazing, as his teams average more than 11 wins a year against just more than five losses and two ties per season.