Wed, Jan. 9, 2013 - [Men's Soccer]
Loras College head soccer coach Dan Rothert learned last week he was named the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer CaptainU Coach of the Year. The award is handed out in eight fall sports across each of the NCAA's three divisions. On the men's soccer list, he joins Seamus McFadden of the University of San Diego (Division I) and John Rootes of Lynn University (Division II).
CaptainU is an online sports network connecting athletes and coaches.
Coaches are selected in their sports for their inspiring performances both on and off the field. The CEO of CaptainU Avi Stopper said, "The CaptainU College Coach of the Year awards recognize the top college coaches across the country for their exceptional leadership and accomplishments. It's inspiring to see the results they achieve – not just in the numbers they put up on the scoreboard, but in their devotion to helping students develop as athletes and human beings."
"The 2012 season was an incredibly memorable one," head coach Dan Rothert said. "We put new standards in place in the spring that has helped up in both measureable and immeasurable ways and our entire staff and players deserve credit for taking our program even further. I'm honored that the people of CaptainU selected me for this award."
The men's team went 23-2-1 in 2012, won 17 home games, and advanced to the national semifinals. Rothert is the program's all-time winningest coach, with over 450 wins between the men's and women's teams. His teams have won 15 Iowa Conference titles and 18 of his 30 teams have reached the NCAA Division III Men's or Women's Championship tournament.
The team remained in Dubuque over the Thanksgiving holiday in preparation for the Final Four and helped serve meals and clean up the 50th annual Ginter Thanksgiving dinner at the Knights of Columbus.
Rothert is also a finalist for the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year. That award will be announced at the NSCAA's convention in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 16-20.