Coven named NSCAA New England Division III Coach of the Year

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University men's soccer coach Mike Coven has been selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2012 New England Division III Coach of the Year.

      Coven was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year for the second time earlier this year. He guided Brandeis to a 16-2-1 record in the regular season, including an 11-0-1 start that helped establish a school-record 17-match unbeaten streak, dating to the end of the 2011 season. Brandeis finished 4-2-1 in the UAA to earn – along with three other schools - a share of the league title for the first time in program history.

The Judges did not capture the Association's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament, but garnered an at-large bid, the team's first since 1985. Coven's squad earned the right to host the first two rounds of the tournament. Brandeis defeated Baruch College, 2-0, in the first round on Nov. 10, and Vassar, 1-0, in the second round on Nov. 11, to advance to the sectionals at Amherst College the next weekend. The Judges fell to sectional champion Williams, 1-0, in the Sweet 16 on Nov. 17, ending their season with an 18-3-1 record.

      "This was one of my favorite years of coaching, so I'm thrilled to earn this honor," Coven said. "I was blessed with a great group of seniors and unbelievable fan support that made this season a pleasure."

In his 40th season on the Brandeis sidelines, Coven owns a career record of 460-249-50 for a .639 winning percentage. He ranks eighth among active Division III coaches in career victories and ninth in all-time wins. Coven has guided the Judges to 10 NCAA tournament appearances and three Final Four berths. His team won the 1976 Division III title, and finish in second place in 1984 and third in 1981. Coven has also made 10 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England tournament appearances, winning titles in 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011.

Coven is a native of Brookline, Mass., and 1969 graduate of American International College. He currently resides in Duxbury, Mass.

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