Thursday, December 6, 2018

Women's Soccer - Women's Soccer Coaching Staff Honored As Regional Staff Of The Year

Image Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - After an historic 2018 campaign, the Bloomsburg University women's soccer team's coaching staff has received recognition as the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Regional Staff of the Year.

The national organization tabbed the Huskies and head coach Matt Haney as the Atlantic Region's recipient following the program's trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. A total of 24 coaching staffs from across the country at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels were recognized for their teams' performance. As the region's award winner, the Huskies' staff will honored honored and recognized at the United Soccer Coaches Awards Reception on Thursday, January 10, during the organization's annual convention in Chicago. In addition, the regional staff of the year recipients will be placed on the United Soccer Coaches ballot for National Staff of the Year consideration within their respective NCAA division. The ballot will also include the addition of coaching staffs from any schools which advance to the semifinals of their NCAA Championship play. The Men's and Women's National Staffs of the Year will be announced for all NCAA divisions on December 14.

The Huskies, picked to finish eighth in the PSAC according to the preseason coaches poll, won four of their first six matches before rattling off a 16-match unbeaten streak (13-0-3) prior to their NCAA quarterfinal loss to the University of Bridgeport on November 18 to finish the year with a 17-3-3 overall record. Bridgeport went on the win the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer National Championship with a 1-0 win over Grand Valley State in the finals.

Bloomsburg won the PSAC Championship with a 2-1 overtime victory over East Stroudsburg on November 4 - the program's fourth conference title but first since 2002. The Huskies were then awarded the top seed in the Atlantic Region - the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2010 and eighth overall - and went on to win the regional title with a 2-1 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on November 16 which sent them to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the third time in school history and first since 2000. Bloomsburg's 17 victories were one shy of the school record of 18 set during the 1996 season. Bloomsburg did set a school record with 15 shutouts during the campaign - sixth among all Division II teams in shutout percentage (.652).

Along with Haney, the Bulldog coaching staff this fall also included graduate assistant coach Allison Mack and volunteer assistant coach Rebecca Grubb.

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