If 2015 wasn't sweet enough already for Penn State women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh, it should be now as she caps off the year as NSCAA Coach of the Year. As head coach of the 2015 National Champions, this is the second time Walsh has been given the honor. Previously, she was named Coach of the Year in 2012 after the Nittany Lions were runners-up for the National Championship.
Aside from the National Championship, under Walsh this season, Penn State won its 17th Big Ten regular season championship and sixth conference tounament title. Penn State tore through the NCAA tournament, outscoring opponents 20-0 while dominating many contests.
As Coach Walsh said, “Obviously, it is a tremendous honor. It just reaffirmed what I already knew. My staff is the best staff in the country. My associate head coach, Ann Cook, the 20 goals in the NCAA Tournament is a testament to her leadership and our attack. Tim Wassell, our goalkeeper coach, and his guidance with the shutouts in the NCAA Tournament. Our director of operations, Kara Lowery, allowed us to have an unbelievable experience throughout this whole ride and Nick Stirrett, our volunteer coach. They make my day enjoyable every day and make my job easy.”
This year's NSCAA Coach of the Year honor is thr fourth for Penn State. Aside from Walsh winning in 2012, Nittany Lion coaches Pat Farmer and Paula Wilkins were honored in 1999 and 2005, respectively.