2017 United Soccer Coaches Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year
DAVIS, Calif. -- The UC Davis men's soccer coaching staff made up of Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, Associate Head Coach Jason Hotaling, and Assistant Coach Chris Leer, were honored by United Soccer Coaches as the Far West Region Coaching Staff of the Year in an announcement released on Tuesday afternoon.
The Aggies' crew was one of eight honored at the Division I level in the second year of the award, joining staffs from New Hampshire (East), Western Michigan (Great Lakes), Indiana (Midwest), Colgate (Northeast), Wake Forest (South), Florida International (Southeast), and Air Force (West), and will be placed on the ballot for National Coaching Staff of the Year to be announced on Dec. 19.
All eight staffs will be honored at the College Coaches Awards Reception on Jan. 18, 2018, in conjunction with the 71st annual United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Shaffer, the 2017 Big West Conference Coach of the Year, and his staff helped lead the Aggies to an 11-7-3 overall record and a 7-2-1 mark in conference play, winning the Big West North Division and advancing to the league tournament championship game for the second time in the program's Division I history.
He claimed his 200th career Division I coaching victory in a 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 8, and his 200th victory as the UC Davis head coach in a "senior day" win over Causeway rival Sacramento State on Oct. 29.
The Aggies capped off a successful season with a total of eight student-athletes named to the All-Big West teams, including Big West Defender of the Year Roy Boateng, and first-team honors for Boateng, Onah Power, and Nabi Kibunguchy. The three first-team honorees and eight total award winners are the most since UC Davis joined the Big West in 2007.
In addition, senior defender Chase Rhode and junior forward Matt Baringer were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First Team -- the 10th and 11th Aggies to earn the honor since 1988.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.