WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University head men's soccer coach Robert McCourt has been named the 2009 NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year, the organization announced on Tuesday. This marks the second time that McCourt, who also captured his fourth Northeast Conference Coach of the Year Award this season, has been named the regional coach of the year (2006).
McCourt led the Hawks to an 18-2-2 record in 2009, the best mark in program history, as well as the program's fifth straight NEC Regular Season Title and third league tournament championship overall. The Hawks defeated Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament First Round this season at home, marking the furthest advancement any Monmouth team has ever made in its respective NCAA postseason.
The Hawks were ranked as high as fifth in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings this season, the highest mark ever for any Monmouth or NEC program. MU was ranked in the national top-10 for seven weeks this season, while also being a steady force in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 all season, having appeared in the rankings for 11 consecutive weeks.
MU, which ended the regular season with a RPI of 20, was an impressive 13-1 this season against the national RPI top-135. MU defeated Princeton (#14), Connecticut (#36), American (#45), Cornell (#88), Fairfield (#93), St. Francis [N.Y.] (#101), Loyola [Md.] (#108), Quinnipiac twice (#121), Fairleigh Dickinson twice (#123), Seton Hall (#131) and Delaware (#135).