Blue Hen Head Coach Ian Hennessy Named South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Eighth-year head coach Ian Hennessy of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team was named the South Atlantic Region Head 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 National Coach of the Year in their respective divisions. The National Coach of the Year will be announced sometime in mid-December.
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.
“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 folk 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 Ivy League institution, 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 at home 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. 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.
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.
Also this year, Hennessy guided a Delaware program-best eight student-athletes who earned a total of nine All-CAA postseason awards, including the CAA Rookie of the Year Guillermo Delgado. Delgado along with junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero earned All-CAA First Team honors while junior Roberto Giménez and senior Vincent Mediate earned All-CAA Second Team accolades. Junior defender Ignacio Martín represented Delaware on the All-CAA Third Team and Deglado, Jaime Martinez and Ben Sampson were All-CAA Rookie Team selections.
Delgado, who Hennessy coached to break multiple Delaware freshman scoring records, was most recently named a nominee for Soccer Net News College Player of the Year.
Under the guidance of Hennessy, Sampson and senior Luke Oostdyk were named CoSIDA/Capital One District II All-Academic this season. The duo of Blue Hen student-athletes who received this prestigious academic honor, marked the first time in Delaware men’s soccer history that two players were recognized during the same year. Oostdyk, an honors student as a biochemistry major, has complied an impressive 3.85 GPA while Sampson, a computer engineering major, led the District II first team with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Oostdyk was also named to the CAA All-Academic team.
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. Last week, Scheer was named South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The duo earning Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Year Awards from the NSCAA, marks a first in the Blue Hen record books.
“Together we have built our program to the level where we garnishing consistent national attention alongside some of the strongest institutions in the country,” said Hennessy. “Locally, we have over 10,000 view our games this season, who have come to appreciate an exciting and creative brand of soccer. It has been quite the season.”
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).