KANSAS CITY, Kan.  --  University of Delaware men's soccer assistant coach Jon Scheer, who helped lead the Blue Hens to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years this past fall, has been honored as one of the nation’s top young soccer coaches.

Scheer, who completed his fourth year on head coach Ian Hennessy’s staff this past season, was recently recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as part of its 30 Under 30 Program. Scheer was one of 15 male coaches selected as the profession’s next generation of top coaches from a list of 600 applicants.

The 30 Under 30 program was started in 2013 and is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. The program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation. Thirty coaches were selected, 15 men and 15 women.

“It’s great that our University and athletic department is turning out this caliber of coach,” said Hennessy, who led the 2013 squad to a 14-5-1 record, a national Top 30 ranking, and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. “It’s been an incredible year of achievement for Jon, all the more remarkable given his young age. I had him pegged as a future coach, even during his playing years, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him to see him grow so quickly into one of the most recognized assistants in the nation. It has been a good year for him.”

Scheer, who back in the fall was also named the South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the NSCAA,  was one of just five collegiate coaches honored by the NSCAA for its 30-Under-30 club.

Other men’s coaches honored were Eddie Ababio (Fishhawk Soccer Club, Morgan Cathey (Whitworth University), Luis Cordova (Wylie High School), Jeremy Hayes (Mountain Vista High School), Barat Killian (Cook Inlet Soccer Club), Trey Livingston (Montgomery College), Peter Mills (Bowdoin College), Pedro Osorio (Long Beach State University), Eric Perilla (Miami United Soccer Club), Joshua Pfeil (The F.C. Elite Soccer Club), James Quijano (Ajax Eastbay Club), Matthew Ream (Bavarian Soccer Club), Sharif Saber (West Chester United Soccer Club), and Mark Spiegel (South Central Soccer Academy).

As a student-athlete, Scheer started three of his four seasons and earned the rank of captain in 2009 and 2010. He was also awarded team Most Valuable Player honors in 2010 and led the Blue Hens to the CAA post-season tournament while earning All-CAA second team honors.

Scheer has aided the Blue Hens in making it to the NCAA Tournament twice in three years, as well as winning the CAA for the first time in his first season as assistant coach in 2009. In his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Hens stunned 2009 national champion Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. in the first round before losing to eventual final four participant UCLA in the final minutes of regulation in the second round.

This past season Scheer helped Delaware host its first NCAA Tournament game in over 40 years as the Blue Hens took on St. John’s before falling 2-1 in overtime in front of an overflow crowd. The Blue Hens are 33-22-6 since Scheer made the transition from player to assistant coach. During his previous three years as an assistant the Blue Hens have set numerous records, including single season goals, assists, and corner kicks.