KANSAS CITY, MO – The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer coaching staff has been named the United Soccer Coaches Mid-Atlantic Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. Head coach Craig Appleby and assistants Winston Earle and William Vanzela led the Blue Jays to a 16-1-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.
This is the first such honor for any Blue Jay men’s soccer coaching staff and the first for the Centennial Conference since 2015. This season, Hopkins won its 10th regular season Centennial Conference title, first since 2011, and Appleby was also named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year.
The Blue Jays posted a school-record 16 shutouts and tied the school record with just six goals allowed. In addition, the 16 wins this season are tied for the most under Appleby, matching the 2009 squad. The 16 wins are also three shy of the school record and the .857 winning percentage is the fifth best in program history. Offensively, Hopkins scored 45 goals, the second most in the Centennial Conference and the most by the Blue Jays since 2007.
Hopkins led the Centennial Conference in 12 statistical categories, including save percentage (.908), scoring offense (2.14) and goals against average (.271). Nationally, JHU ranked third in save percentage, shutout percentage (.762) and goals against average. The team also ranked 35th in total assists (38), 52nd in total points (128) and 56th in total goals.
Each of the coaching staffs receiving Regional Staff of the Year recognition will be honored at the College Coaches Awards Reception on January 18, 2018 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Independence Ballroom in conjunction with the 71st annual United Soccer Coaches Convention. 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. United Soccer Coaches will announce the Men’s and Women’s National Staff of the Year for all NCAA divisions on December 19.