COACH OF THE YEAR: Miles Pinsent, UNB
UNB head coach Miles Pinsent has been selected by his peers as the 2012 AUS men's soccer coach of the year.
After missing the post-season for the first time in his career in 2011, the Varsity Reds rebounded impressively to finish first overall in the conference in 2012 with a record of 9-3-1, including eight consecutive shutout victories to end the regular season.
It is the first time since 2008 that UNB has finished in top spot in the AUS standings and the second time Pinsent has been honoured with this award. He was previously named a co-recipient of the coach of the year award in 2003. Miles, a former technical coordinator with Soccer New Brunswick and the Fredericton District Soccer Association, was also named the AUS women's coach of the year in 1995.
Pinsent, who is in his 10th year as head coach of the men's program, now has a career regular season record of 62-34-31. The nine wins by his V-Reds squad this season are also the most of any UNB team he has coached.
"Miles has done such an outstanding job with our program," says UNB Director of Athletics John Richard. "After missing the playoffs last season for the first time in his career, and getting off to a 1-3-1 start this fall; he stayed true to what he believed in and has got his student-athletes focused and believing at the right time. He is so passionate and dedicated to his student-athletes, his soccer team and our V-Reds program."
StFX's Graham Kennedy (2010) and Dalhousie's Pat Nearing (2008) are the most recent AUS recipients of the CIS coach of the year award.
FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
The AUS first and second team all-stars were also announced Thursday. They are as follows:
First Team All-Stars:
Striker - Jimmie Mayaleh, UPEI (5th year, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
Striker - Jared Murphy, UPEI (4th year, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
Striker - Zach Shaffelburg, Acadia (3rd year, Port Williams, N.S.)
Midfielder - Derek Gaudet, Saint Mary's (3rd year, Bayside, N.S)
Midfielder - Jason Massie, Cape Breton (4th year, Rainhill, England)
Midfielder - Benjamin Law, UNB (4th year, Ottawa, Ont.)
Defender - Kerry Weymann, Dalhousie (4th year, Vancouver, B.C.)
Defender - Max Maund, StFX (4th year, Courtenay, B.C.)
Defender - Shawn Kodejs, Saint Mary's (4th year, Halifax, N.S.)
Defender - Sandro Rajkovic, Cape Breton (2nd year, Hamilton, Ont.)
Keeper - Adam Miller, Saint Mary's (3rd year, Swindon, England)
Second Team All-Stars:
Striker - Bezick Evraire, Dalhousie (2nd year, Ottawa, Ont.)
Striker - Shayne Hollis, Cape Breton (5th year, Baileys Bay, Bermuda)
Midfielder - Andrew Rigby, Cape Breton (4th year, Wollaton, England)
Midfielder - Danny Bachar, Saint Mary's (3rd year, Dartmouth, N.S.)
Midfielder - Jason Bessey, UNB (5th year, Goosebay, Nfld.)
Midfielder - Randy Ribeiro, StFX (2nd year, Cambridge, Ont.)
Defender - Andrew Snyder, Acadia (1st year, Bridgewater, N.S.)
Defender - Philippe Goguen, Moncton (5th year, Moncton, N.B.)
Defender - Nathan Rogers, Dalhousie (4th year, Calgary, Alta.)
Defender - Roderick Ramsden, UNB (5th year, Ottawa, Ont.)
Keeper - Aaron McMurray, UNB (3rd year, London, Ont.)
The 2012 Subway Atlantic University Sport Men's Soccer Championship will be hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island, November 2-4, 2012.
The championship schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 2nd
Quarter-final #1: Moncton (4th) vs. Dalhousie (5th), 3:00pm
Quarter-final #2: Cape Breton (3rd) vs. UPEI (6th), 6:00pm
Saturday, November 3rd
Semifinal #1: UNB (1st) vs. Lowest Remaining Seed, 2:00pm
Semifinal #2: Saint Mary's (2nd) vs. Highest Remaining Seed, 5:00pm
Sunday, November 4th
Championship Game: Semifinal Winners, 2:00pm
*Note: All games of the championship will be available via webcast, live at www.AUStv.ca.
The Atlantic University Sport conference receives two berths at 2012 CIS Men's Soccer Championship, November 8-11, 2012, hosted by Laval.
The AUS champion will qualify and the AUS championship runner-up will receive the second rotational berth.