Jan. 26, 2009
ST. LOUIS - Loyola men's soccer All-Americans Tennant McVea and Milos Kocic were recognized on January 18 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America awards banquet, along with Head Coach Mark Mettrick, who was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year.
The NSCAA banquet, which took place in St. Louis, Mo., is the world's largest gathering of soccer coaches and is considered the premier event in the country among soccer's elite. It recognizes the achievements of youth, high school and collegiate coaches and players.
In mid-December, McVea was named to the First Team, while Kocic garnered Second-Team honors. The duo became the first Loyola players in 14 seasons to earn the distinction of NSCAA All-Americans, and were just the 10th and 11th players in school history to do so. Only 39 players in Division-I were tabbed All-Americans, with 13 players comprising each team (First, Second, Third).
"We are very pleased for Milos and Tennant in earning this national recognition, and also feel it is a reflection of our team's success over the last two years," said Mettrick.
Mettrick, meanwhile, picked up his award for being named the NSCAA Coach of the Year for the North Atlantic Region, which was voted on by the league's coaches. By being recognized as one of the eight regional coaches of the year, Mettrick was automatically a candidate for National Coach of the Year, which was won by Wake Forest's Jay Vidovich.
Entering his 10th season at the helm of Loyola, Mettrick has assembled a 116-49-15 (.686) career record at Evergreen, leading the Greyhounds to four NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008) along the way. He also won the award in 2001.
McVea, a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, is a junior defender who returns to captain the 2009 team. Just last week, Kocic, who graduated early last semester with a degree in international business, was selected by D.C. United in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft. He was the second goalkeeper taken.