Dec. 12, 2008
BALTIMORE - After leading his team to an 18-2-1 record and a first-round bye in the NCAA College Cup this season, Loyola men's soccer Head Coach Mark Mettrick was selected on Friday as the NSCAA/adidas senior college men's coach of the year for the North Atlantic Region, the organization announced.
Mettrick, who just finished his ninth year at the helm of the Loyola program, is just one of eight Division-I coaches to receive the accolade, which is voted on by the region's coaches. The Greyhounds went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the North Atlantic rankings and stayed atop the poll for the second straight year.
In 2008, the Greyhounds turned in an undefeated (17-0-1) regular season for the first since 1986, and ascended as high as No. 6 in the NSCAA/adidas rankings, holding a spot in the Top Ten for six consecutive weeks.
"It is a great honor to receive this award," Mettrick said. "It is a good reflection of our team's success over the last two years."
Mettrick now earns a spot as one of eight finalists in Division-I for the NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year, which will be announced shortly.
It is the second time in Mettrick's decorated career that he has won the award; he also took home the accolade in 2001, when the Greyhounds went 17-2-2 and defeated Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Over the last two years, Mettrick and the Greyhounds have assembled a remarkable 37-5-2 record and advanced to the second round of back-to-back College Cups. The 37 wins over the span is the best in school history.
For his efforts, Mettrick was tabbed as MAAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season and fifth time in his career.
In nine years heading the program, Mettrick won seven MAAC regular season titles, three MAAC Tournament Championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. He has coached six MAAC position players of the year, including two this year in Tennant McVea and Jamie Darvill.
Also this year, sophomore forward Phil Bannister was named an Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA under Mettrick's guidance.
A native of Manchester, England, Mettrick played professionally here in Baltimore for the Blast, and was a two-time first-team All-American at Hartwick College. He also played in the Manchester United youth program.