Kansas City, Mo.– United Soccer Coaches announced on Friday the association's 2018 National Staff of the Year recipients for NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA and Junior College men's and women's soccer, as voted on by coaches in each division, and the University of Bridgeport National Championship staff under the direction of head coach. Magnus Nilerud was named the NCAA Division II Women's National Coaching Staff of the Year.
Nilerud, who wrapped up season number twenty on the Bridgeport bench with this year's National Title, earned career win number 275 with the Purple Knights' 1-0 victory over Grand Valley State in championship match on December 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Magnus now has an impressive career mark of 275-114-23.
Members of the 2018 University of Bridgeport women's soccer coaching staff are: Magnus Nilerud (head coach), Jack Abelson (first assistant coach), Jonny Macadam (second assistant coach), Jean Cadet (graduate assistant coach), Andre Lindsey (goalkeeper coach) and Barry Beattie, Chris Flaherty plus Asia Pulse (volunteer assistant coaches).
Eleven of the 14 award winners claimed the national or divisional championship in their respective division in 2018, with two of the remaining three advancing to the national semifinals.
2018 National Staffs of the Year
NCAA DI Men: Saint Mary's (Calif.), led by head coach Adam Cooper
NCAA DI Women: Georgetown University, led by head coach Dave Nolan
NCAA DII Men: Barry University, led by head coach Steve McCrath
NCAA DII Women: University of Bridgeport, led by head coach Magnus Nilerud
NCAA DIII Men: Tufts University, led by head coach Josh Shapiro
NCAA DIII Women: Washington University (Mo.), led by head coach Jim Conlon
NAIA Men: Central Methodist University, led by head coach Alex Nichols
NAIA Women: William Carey University, led by head coach Danny Owens
NCCAA Men: Southwestern Christian University, led by head coach Neal Cagle
NCCAA Women: Grace Christian University, led by head coach Scott Teesdale
Junior College DI Men: Pima CC, led by head coach Dave Cosgrove
Junior College DI Women: Monroe College, led by head coach Marcus DiBernardo
Junior College DIII Men: Richland College, led by head coach Sean Worley
Junior College DIII Women: Santiago Canyon College, led by head coach Ian Woodhead
These staffs will be honored at the United Soccer Coaches Awards Banquet on Jan. 11, 2019 at McCormick Place West in Chicago in conjunction with the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Regional Staff of the Year recipients can be found on the Awards Central page at UnitedSoccerCoaches.org. Each Regional Staff of the Year was on the ballot for National Staff of the Year, along with the addition of staffs from all schools which reached the semifinals of their respective championship.