Sailfish Men's Soccer Coach Jose Gomez Named NCCAA National Coach of the Year

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Jose Gomez (Pictured) Led the Sailfish Men's Soccer Team to its First-Ever NCCAA National Championship in 2010 and For His Efforts was Named the NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year. Jose Gomez (Pictured) Led the Sailfish Men's Soccer Team to its First-Ever NCCAA National Championship in 2010 and For His Efforts was Named the NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year.

GREENVILLE, S.C.- After a dominating conclusion to the 2010 men’s soccer season witnessed head coach Jose Gomez and his team claim the top prize at the NCCAA National Championship, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Friday that Gomez has been named the NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. Gomez will be honored at the upcoming NSCAA Convention next month in Baltimore.

Joining Gomez in Baltimore will be seniors Andrew Kanarr and Kyle Crouse who were both named NCCAA All-American 1st-Team selections for their solid play in 2010 that led an overall youthful team to the NCCAA National Championship. Also selected to the NCCAA All-American team was senior Juan Villagrana and sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk who were named to the All-American 2nd Team and All-American Honorable Mention listing respectively.

Junior Tumi Magadlela earned impressive honors at the NCCAA National Tournament as well by being named as the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Now the longest tenured head coach in the Sailfish athletic coaching ranks by just completing his sixth season on the bench, Gomez led his team to the NCCAA National Tournament for the fifth straight season while earning the national tournament bid by winning his fifth straight NCCAA South Region crown in 2010.

After graduating a large senior class in 2009, the 2010 roster presented many new faces but ones with considerable talent. After a tough start of 3-3 including a pair of one-goal losses, the Fish would begin to gel as a team as Gomez and his coaching staff of Josh Rife and Daniel Abrahamsohn began to mold what would be a championship-caliber club.

Hitting the final stretch of the season, Gomez’ boys began to play their best soccer of the season as they reeled off eight straight victories to close out the season as they tallied the program’s first-ever NCCAA National Championship.

One of four seniors on this year’s team, Kanarr closed out his career quite possibly in the best way possible by helping lead his team to the NCCAA title while tallying a number of impressive individual distinctions as well. Not only was Kanarr named to the NCCAA All-American 1st-Team, but he also garnered a spot on the NCCAA All-Tournament Team and by being named the Tournament’s Outstanding Defensive Player award.

This high honor most likely helped open the eyes of the voters as Kanarr would later be announced as the NCCAA National Player of Year while also earning a spot on the NCCAA All-Region team.

Playing the role of team captain for the 2010 season, Crouse would continue to show why he was targeted by many team’s game plans as the Sailfish top striker. Blessed with great speed and a high energy-level, Crouse put together his best season of his four-year career in 2010 by tallying a team-high total in goals and assists with 13 goals and seven assists for 33 total points.

For his efforts, Crouse was honored as a NCCAA All-American for the second time in his career with this season placing the Lakeland, Florida native on the 1st-Team. He was also selected as the NCCAA South Region Player of the Year and earned a spot on the NCCAA All-Tournament team as well. 

Playing an important role in the midfield the past few seasons has been the consistent and strong play of Villagrana. A transfer from Saint Leo University after his freshman season, Villagrana transformed himself into a solid contributor as a starter the past few seasons and key leader on the field.

Although mostly aiding the defensive work of the team’s midfielders, Villagrana came through on offense as well with three goals and two assists on the season while being recognized as a NCCAA All-Region selection for the first time in his career. A product of Durant High School in Valrico, Florida, Villagrana proved to be a player that improved every year on his way to NCCAA All-American 2nd-Team status as a senior.

Joining Crouse and Kanarr on the All-Tournament team was Tumi Magadlela and senior Josh Sharpe. Both critical to the team’s success during their magical tournament run and throughout the season, both players earned the recognition after putting together three solid contests at the NCCAA National Tournament.

Sharpe returned from a season-ending injury early in the 2009 season to earn back his starting position this year as the George Jenkins High School graduate registered four goals and three assists for 11 points while being selected to the NCCAA All-Region team for the second time in his playing career.

Magadlela added in two goals and four assists for the season while playing in all 21 games for the season. Not only was he a standout player on the field, Magadlela also selected as a NCCAA Scholar-Athlete for his work in the classroom as a Pre-Medicine major.

In his first season as the starting goalkeeper after backing up former starter Joe Yurchak the previous two seasons, redshirt sophomore Jonathan Strunk proved ready to take on the full-time role in 2010 with his steady play in between the pipes for the Fish.

An Evanston, Illinois native, Strunk utilized his 6’4” frame and strong leadership abilities to help the team post 12 shutouts on the season while starting all 21 games in goal for PBA. Finishing the season with a record of 15-6, Strunk tallied 57 saves and culminated the NCCAA National Tournament with two shutouts in three contests including a 2-0 shutout in the NCCAA Championship game victory over Cedarville University.

The honor of NCCAA All-American honorable mention followed up Strunk being named to the NCCAA All-Region team for the first time in his career.

Congratulations to these deserving young men on their accomplishments and to head coach Jose Gomez on the prestigious distinction of being named the NSCAA/NCCAA Division I Coach of the Year.

2010 NCCAA Men's Division I All-Tournament Team
Name Position School
Kyle Crouse F Palm Beach Atlantic University
Matt Niemiec F Cedarville University
Matt Howard M Hope International University
Jake Cottage M Southwestern Christian University
Chris Pifer M Covenant College
Tom Kruse M Judson University
Casey Clarke M Campbellsville University
James Twinem M Cedarville University
Rafa Heck M Judson University
Josh Sharpe M Palm Beach Atlantic University
Tumi Magadlela M Palm Beach Atlantic University
Jake Schindler D Roberts Wesleyan College
Hunt Davidson D Covenant College
Steve Ellis D Cedarville University
Andrew Kanarr D Palm Beach Atlantic University
Andrew Kanarr   Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Matt Niemiec   Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Tumi Magadlela   Most Outstanding Player
NCCAA Kyle Rote Jr. Award
Mitch Lobdell, Indiana Wesleyan University
NCCAA/NSCAA Men’s Soccer Division I All American First Team

Goalkeeper Adrian Ibanez Nyack College
Defender Andrew Kanarr Palm Beach Atlantic University
 Tim Green* Cedarville University
 Andrew Webster Mid America Christian University
 Daniel Ocampo Nyack College
Midfielder Mitch Lobdell* Indiana Wesleyan University
 Zach Ganzberg Bethel College
 Rafa Heck Judson University
 Casey Clarke Cambellsville University
Forward David Dunlop Greenville College
 Matt Niemiec Cedarville University
 Romulo Nobrega Bethel College
 Kyle Crouse Palm Beach Atlantic University
 Julian Allgeier Covenant College

*indicates previous years on NSCAA First Team

Player of the Year
Defender Andrew Kanarr Palm Beach Atlantic University
Coach of the Year
Jose Gomez, Palm Beach Atlantic University

NCCAA Second Team All-Americans

Goalkeeper Alex Tyton Judson University
Defender Mark Demchak Indiana Wesleyan University
 Adrian Lafarge Hope International University
 John Kennedy Campbellsville University
 Shawn Roberts Roberts Wesleyan University
Midfielder Matt Howard Hope International University
 Daniel Taylor Greenville College
 Jake McCracken Geneva College
 Juan Villagrana Palm Beach Atlantic University
 Jake Cottage Southwestern Christian University
Forward Cody Snouffer Mt Vernon Nazarene University
 Cobi Allen Greenville College
 Jamie Allen Campbellsville University
 Daniel Moyo Bethel College

NCCAA Honorable Mentions All-Americans

 Jonathan Strunk Palm Beach Atlantic
 Austin Custar Mid America Christian University
 Richard Masters King College
 Joe Shulberg Southwestern Christian University
 Eric Read Roberts Wesleyan University
 Tyler Golden Hope International University
 John Burke Truett McConnell University
 Carlos Reyes Trinity Christian University
 Jordan Smith Malone College
 Danny Frid Southwestern Christian University
 Jacob Rutlege Central Baptist College
 Matt Weaver Geneva College
 Hunt Davidson Covenant College
 Alex Wright Emmanuel College
 Brandon Conley Roberts Wesleyan University
 Kenton Burckhart Geneva College
 Nic Little Oakland City
 David Pifer Covenant College
 Sebastian Paz Emmanuel College
 David Critchley Oklahoma Wesleyan University
 Kyle Pezant Mid America Christian University
 Sabelo Hlongwane Central Baptist College
 Emmanuel Forbes Southern Wesleyan University
 Jonathan Faille Emmanuel College
 Chris Allen Mt Vernon Nazarene University
 Donavan Wilson Roberts Wesleyan University

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