LA JOLLA, Calif. -
UC San Diego head women's soccer coach Brian McManus
was named NSCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, it was announced Sunday.
McManus led the Tritons to their 10th CCAA South title in 2011 and earned CCAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time. UCSD went 13-3-4 overall and 12-1-3 in conference play in McManus' 25th season at the helm. The honor marks the sixth time McManus has taken home the award since 2000, when the Tritons joined the ranks of NCAA Division II.
UCSD got off to its best start since 1994, going undefeated (8-0-4) in its first 12 games. After their first loss on October 14 to No. 20 Cal State L.A., the Tritons shutout their last five opponents to end the regular season at 13-1-4 and clinch the CCAA Tournament's No. 1 seed.
Despite falling in the CCAA Tournament semifinals to Cal State Stanislaus, UCSD earned the top seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament and played host to CSUS and Chico State in the West Subregional at Triton Soccer Stadium. However, UCSD would fall victim to an early goal in an eventual 1-0 loss to CSUC in the Second Round.
To this point, 17 postseason awards have been handed to members of UCSD's 2011 squad, including CCAA Player of the Year and Daktronics West Region Player of the Year to senior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong. Armstrong and junior defender Hayley Johnson were also named Daktronics All-Americans. Three players- Sara Spaventa, Anne Wethe and Sarah McTigue- were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for District 8.
In his quarter-century tenure as head coach, McManus has compiled an overall record of 417-64-38 (.840). He's guided the Tritons to seven national championships, 25 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven CCAA titles.