Friday, December 10, 2010

Bartlinski Named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – West Florida women’s soccer coach Joe Bartlinski was named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this week.  The award marks Bartlinski’s third in a row and fourth since coming to West Florida in 2001.

Bartlinski led UWF back to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 despite the loss of eight starters from the record-breaking 2009 team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals.  The Argos finished the season 17-2-2, including a third straight Gulf South Conference championship.  UWF hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA regional, but in the second round the Argos battled No. 17 Tampa to a 2-2 tie, and Tampa advanced after defeating West Florida in penalty kicks.

West Florida has reached the NCAA Tournament every season since Bartlinski came to UWF in 2001, not including the hurricane-shortened 2004 season.  He has won four GSC championships, all coming in the last five years, and he holds a record of 167-23-11 (.858) at UWF.  In 10 years under his leadership, the Argos are 68-3-1 in GSC regular season play, and the team now holds a 49-game GSC regular season winning streak dating back to the 2003 season.

In his 10 years at West Florida, Bartlinski has coached three national players of the year, 22 All-Americans, two GSC Commissioner’s Trophy winners, five GSC players of the year, two GSC freshmen of the year and 38 All-GSC first team players.

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