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UNCW's Heaney named NSCAA Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year

UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney was named Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year. (Source: WECT) UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney was named Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year. (Source: WECT)

News Release from UNCW: 

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head men's soccer coach Aidan Heaney was named Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after leading the Seahawks to a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and back to the NCAA tournament.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Heaney. “Looking at the list of schools in our region, and the list of other recipients, makes this all the more humbling for me. Thank you to my staff - Assistant Coaches, Zach Haines and Daniel Roberts - who have both worked so tirelessly and given their all on a daily basis for our players and program. I would like to share this award with them.”

Heaney, who was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year for the fourth time, guided the Seahawks to a 13-5-2 mark overall and 5-2-1 in the league. UNCW earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time and advanced to the second round for the second time in the program's history. The Seahawks also hosted their first NCAA tournament game and eliminated Bucknell, 2-0, before the second largest crowd (2,020) in the history of the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

UNCW was picked to finish fifth in the league's preseason poll of the coaches, but finished in a three-way tie with Delaware and Hofstra. It was UNCW's third CAA regular season title after winning titles in 2008 and 2009.

“Our players deserve the bulk of the credit and this recognition highlights their outstanding performances this year. They have been a joy to lead and this season was a culmination of their hard work over a couple of years, not just the months we played this fall. We look to build on the legacy our graduates are leaving behind.”

The Seahawks fashioned a program-record 7-1-1 road record in 2014 and posted a record of 4-2 against nationally-ranked opponents. UNCW topped both Duke and UNC Chapel Hill for the second straight season. UNCW set a stadium attendance record as 2,613 faithful saw the Seahawks clip the ninth-ranked Tar Heels, 4-3.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to mention some of the coaches who I worked under, and others who have been incredible mentors for me, and have helped shape me as a coach. Dave Stapylton (St. Cuthbert's High School, England), Bob Warming (Penn State) who gave me the opportunity to play in college in the United States, Michael Parker (former UNCG and Greensboro Dynamo Coach), Elmar Bolowich (current Creighton coach and my former boss at UNC), Barry Gorman (former boss at Penn State) and Nick Zlatar who has been a wonderful mentor and continues to share his wisdom and vast experience with me.“

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