KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Third-year assistant coach Jon Scheer of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team earned the biggest honor of his coaching career this week. 

Scheer, who has been a part of the Blue Hen men’s soccer program for seven years, was named the South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year, by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Scheer was a player on the Delaware soccer team from 2007-11 and has served as an assistant coach since his 2011 graduation.

The NSCAA 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.

As a player at Delaware, Scheer was a three-year starter for the Blue Hens while serving as a team captain during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2010, Scheer was named the team MVP and guided the Hens to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) postseason as he earned All-CAA second team honors.

In his first year as member of the UD coaching staff, Scheer aided the Blue Hens in their NCAA Tournament run after winning the 2011 CAA Championship. In the NCAA Tournament, Delaware upset top-ranked Virginia before falling to eventual Final Four opponent ULCA, 1-0 in Los Angeles.

This past season, Scheer helped Delaware reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. 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. Also in 2013, Scheer mentored 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.

Scheer assisted the 2013 team that set multiple records in the Delaware record book. This year’s squad registered the best turnaround in program history registering a 14-5-1 record after going 4-10-4 in 2012. The program’s 14 wins also sets a new program record while the Blue Hens also set new records for goals (45), assists (42) and corner kicks (144) in a single season.

Aside from the common duties of any assistant coach, Scheer is a key part of the Delaware soccer program’s community outreach. He specifically works with many youth soccer clubs in the area, such as the Cecil Soccer Club and the Delaware Union. Scheer also oversees all video analysis for the Hens.

“With over 200 plus programs in the US, to be named amongst the top eight assistants is a wonderful compliment,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “We had over 10,000 people watch our home games this year through game day attendance and our web-casts, and a large portion of this is directly due to Jon's work in the community. With my other assistants Keith Duncan and Matt Haney, Jon has been working tirelessly with local groups to tap into a strong Delaware youth soccer landscape. I am lucky to have him."


NSCAA Men’s Soccer Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year:

Far West – Craig Waibel (University of Wasington); Great Lakes – Kylie Stannard (Michigan State University); Mid-Atlantic – Ricard Lara (University of Dayton); Midwest – Marshall Ray (University of Evansville); North Atlantic – Aaron Faro (Messiah College); Northeast – John Deeley (University of Connecticut); South – Robert Craig (University of Notre Dame); South Atlantic – Jon Scheer (University of Delaware).