Wow, this is a icing on the cake for this great year in men’s soccer at Belhaven!
Congratulations Coach . . . we’re proud of you and proud you’re a Blazer.
Here is the story:
Head Coach Brian McMahon of the Belhaven men’s soccer team has been named the 2012 Field Turf National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NAIA National Coach of Year following a memorable 2012 season.
McMahon, who just completed his first season at Belhaven, led the Blazers to the 2012 NAIA National Championship and a 19-4-1 record. The Blazers rode home from Montgomery, Alabama following a 2-0 win over the University of Mobile with the programs second national title and just the third national title of any sport in school history. To make it even more special, this year’s championship took place during the 20th anniversary season of the last national championship team which was the 1992 men’s soccer team.
McMahon’s team faced some of the toughest competition in all of the NAIA throughout the course of the season. “We ended up beating six of the top ten teams in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll throughout the course of the season,” said McMahon. ““We played 16 teams in the top 25 throughout the course of the season so our guys were definitely battled tested and we saw and were exposed to a lot of very good teams through the course of the season. I think that showed when we got to the national tournament.”
McMahon also coached three Southern States All-Conference players and had two players earn NAIA All-American Honors. Junior forward Will Monsour was an NAIA Third Team All-American while senior defender Tom Cosgrave was an Honorable Mention All-American.
The complete list and bios of all the NSCAA National Coaches of the Year can be viewed by clicking here.