JFC Barrett - NSCAA Assistant Coach of Year
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced the 24 individuals named Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year, as well as the four assistants named NSCAA/Field Turf Assistant Coaches of the Year for senior college, junior college, and high school.
Notre Dame's Robert "BJ" Craig was named the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. Mike Bristol from Florida State was named the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Taking the National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year honor was Trey Livingston from Montgomery College (Md.), while John "Jack" O'Donnell from St. Christopher's School (Va.) was named National High School Assistant Coach of the Year.
The NSCAA/Field Turf Assistant Coaches of the Year and other 2014 NSCAA award winners will be honored at the 2015 Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 16, in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.
Senior College Men's Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year: Robert "BJ" Craig, Notre Dame
Craig, who was promoted to associate head coach in February 2013, entered his seventh season on the Notre Dame staff in 2014. With Craig on the sidelines, the Fighting Irish have posted a 76-31-21 record including winning the 2013 National Championship in addition to capturing three conference titles. In his six seasons, Notre Dame has produced five All-Americans, 28 All-Conference selections, three conference Players of the Year, and 18 MLS draft picks. The program also has excelled in the classroom, boasting five Academic All-America honorees and 10 NSCAA Scholar All-America selections, including two NSCAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
He is a member of the NSCAA and holds a USSF B License. Craig was selected as the 2013 NSCAA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Senior College Women's Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year: Mike Bristol, Florida State
Mike Bristol completed his sixth season at Florida State, where his primary responsibilities include the training of the goalkeepers and team defense. He took over as the program’s recruiting coordinator in 2012. Bristol joined the Seminole coaching staff after spending five seasons as an assistant coach with the Eclipse Select Soccer Club.
His coaching background also includes stints with the Region II ODP and Illinois ODP programs. Bristol also traveled to Germany as the goalkeeper coach with the 1992 Regional ODP team. During the 2009-10 season, he was named the Region III ODP Goalkeeping Director. Bristol has earned a level 3 goalkeeping diploma as well as a premier diploma, from the NSCAA. He is also on the NSCAA goalkeeping instructional staff for state and regional diplomas. Bristol earned his national goalkeeping license from USSF.
Junior College Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year
National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year: Trey Livingston, Montgomery College (Md.)
Livingston is part of the NSCAA 30 under 30 program. Since he has been at Montgomery College, he has coached 15 All-Conference, 13 All-Region, and six All-Americans. Six of those players have been drafted to play professionally. He has his NSCAA Premier Diploma, Level III Goalkeeper Diploma, and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. He also holds the USSF A License.
High School Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year
National High School Assistant Coach of the Year: John O'Donnell, St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Va.)
O'Donnell is a lower school physical education teacher at St. Christopher’s (STC). He is also an assistant with the varsity soccer team and the head coach of the 8th grade level lacrosse team. O’Donnell has 29 years of coaching experience. He has attended multiple NSCAA Conventions, and has earned the state and Goalkeeping 1 diplomas, as well at least one High School Special Topics diploma. At St. Christopher’s, he has won two of the four highest awards given to faculty: the 1995 Bolling Award (for strengthening the bond between faculty and students) and the 2011 Jacobs Distinguished Coaching Award.
His commitment to soccer has included youth coaching with camps at STC. Over the past seven summers Jack has coached a youth soccer camp, first with 5-12 year olds and for the past four years for 3-5 year olds.
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