Mike Calise Promoted To Associate Head Coach

June 22, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University head soccer coach Ray Leone has promoted Mike Calise to associate head coach, announced Tuesday. Entering his fourth year at Arizona State, Calise has been a principal factor in Arizona State earning two straight top-10 recruiting classes, including a school-best No.4 national ranking for the 2002 class by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Calise also had a major influence in the 2004 incoming class that includes two McDonald's All-Americans.

'Mike has worked very hard to assist me in developing the Sun Devil program,' said Leone. 'It is not often that you find an assistant as dedicated to the program as much as Mike has been these past three years. Mike deserves this promotion and we look forward to continued growth in the Sun Devil program in the future.'

Calise's on and off the field performances have been noted nationally as he was selected as one of the five women's soccer collegiate assistant coaches to be awarded the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The criteria is based on longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout their careers.

Calise helped the Sun Devils reach the second round of the NCAA Championship last year for the third time in the past four years and record the highest winning percentage in school history (.690). Additionally, ASU's second place Pac-10 Conference finish and its six conference wins were all-time records for the program. The Sun Devils also set another school mark as they finished the season ranked in the top-25 by all four major polls (Soccer America #14/Soccer Buzz #17/SoccerTimes.com #19/NSCAA #22).

Other accomplishments under Calise's tenure include the team being recognized with the top team grade-point average (3.46) in the 2002 NCAA Tournament field and in the Pac-10. In the 2002-2003 academic year, all 22 members of the team earned at least a 3.00 GPA or higher, also garnering Maroon & Gold Scholar-Athlete honors.

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