Fitzgerald Named NSCAA Div. I Far West Coach Of The Year

Dec. 11, 2003

UCLA men's soccer head coach Tom Fitzgerald was selected the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Far West Regional Coach of the Year after guiding UCLA to an undefeated Pac-10 season, a No. 1 ranking for nine weeks of the regular season and to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Fitzgerald, also the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, led UCLA to a 20-2-1 overall record. His Bruins tied the school record with a season goals against average of 0.52, and the 12 goals given up tied for the second-lowest total in school history. The Bruins had a 15-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 7-Nov. 19, ranking as the second-longest streak in UCLA history. Four of Fitzgerald's players earned NSCAA All-Far West Region first-team honors.

In his first year at the helm of the Bruin squad in 2002, Fitzgerald won NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors after becoming just the second coach ever to win a Division I men's title in his first year with the program. Fitzgerald has amassed a 38-5-4 record in his two seasons at UCLA.

This is Fitzgerald's fourth NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year award. While coaching at the University of Tampa, he earned NSCAA South Regional Coach of the Year honors three times.

Other Division I regional winners were: Bobby Clark, Notre Dame (Great Lakes); Alan Dawson, Old Dominion (South Atlantic) ; Dan Donigan, Saint Louis (Midwest); Paul Marco, Binghamton (New York); Brendan Nash, Bucknell (Mid-Atlantic); Mike Noonan, Brown (New England); Matt Spear, Davidson (South). Each regional winner, along with each coach of the four teams in the College Cup, is now eligible for National Coach of the Year honors.

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