Soccer Coach Named NSCAA West Region COY For 15th Time
Mike Pantalione, the first and only head soccer coach at Yavapai College, has been named National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) West Region Coach of the Year for the 15th time since 1990. He is one of four finalist for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year, an award he has received five times. He has been the NJCAA National Coach of the Year seven times.
Pantalione (535-46-24, all-time record) completed his 25th season at Yavapai College guiding the Roughriders to a NJCAA Region One title and West District championship, ending with a NJCAA National third place finish last month. With a victory against Otero Junior College from Colorado at Ken Lindley Field on November 9, he became to all-time JUCO wins leader with 535 victories.
All region coach of the year honorees will be presented their award on January 17 at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the NSCAA convention in Philadelphia, where Pantalione first began playing the sport as a youth. Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. In 1995, Pantalione was selected as the recipient of the same National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) National Merit Honor awarded to one college coach (2-year or 4-year, men’s or women’s) who reputation is recognized as praiseworthy, and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior.