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Delaware's Ian Hennessy

UD's Hennessy Named Regional Coach of the Year

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 12/11/2013
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Eighth-year head coach Ian Hennessy of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team has been named the South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Hennessy, along with seven other head coaches who represent their geographic region, will now be eligible for NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year honors. The National Coach of the Year will be announced in mid-December.

“Considering the company I am in here, to be considered a national finalist for the most prestigious of coaching awards is quite the compliment and certainly tickles the ego,” said Hennessy. “However, like all awards, it is merely symbolic and to be viewed as a culmination of an intense and positive work-load by our players and staff, the administration, and the good folks in the local community.”

Hennessy, who was named head coach of the Delaware men’s soccer program in 2006, was a 1987 All-American soccer player at Seton Hall University before entering the Major League Soccer (MLS) scene. While playing professionally in the MLS, Hennessy also earned his doctorate in molecular biology from Columbia University.

In Hennessy’s last three seasons at the helm of the Blue Hens, he has led Delaware to two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2011, the Hens upset highly-ranked University of Virginia in the first round before falling to eventual Final Four participant UCLA, 1-0, in Los Angeles.

This past season, Hennessy guided the Blue Hens to another NCAA Tournament appearance. Delaware’s solid season record allowed the Blue Hens to host a NCAA first round match for the first time in over 40 years. The Hens hosted the St. John’s Red Storm at Delaware Mini-Stadium but fell 2-1 in overtime before a capacity crowd.

The 2013 squad set Delaware program records for best overall season record (14-5-1), wins (14), goals (45), assists (42) and corner kicks (144) in a single season. The Blue Hens finished the 2013 season ranked second in NCAA Division I in scoring offense, averaging 2.25 goals per game.

For the past seven years, Hennessy has mentored former player and now assistant coach Jon Scheer, who also received a significant coaching award from the NSCAA this fall. Last week, Scheer was named South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Delaware captured both awards for the first time in school history. 

“Together we have built our program to the level where we are garnishing consistent national attention alongside some of the strongest institutions in the country,” said Hennessy. “Locally, we had over 10,000 people view our games this season and they have come to appreciate an exciting and creative brand of soccer. It has been quite the season.”

The NSCAA, which is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization, is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. It is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.

NSCAA Men’s Soccer Regional Head Coaches of the Year: South Atlantic – Ian Hennessy (University of Delaware); Great Lakes – Damon Rensing (Michigan State University); Middle Atlantic – Dave Brandt (U.S. Naval Academy); Northeast – Pete Caringi (UMBC); Midwest – Jim DeRose (Bradley University); South – Doug Allison (Furman University); North Atlantic – Tom Giovatto (St. Francis College (NY)); Far West – Kevin Grimes (University of California).