Soccer (M)

Former Men's Soccer Standout Named NC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year

by Ronnie Gallagher, The Salisbury Post www.thesalisburypost.com

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MOUNT ULLA, NC  -- Scott Young and Mike Gurley now have some company at West Rowan.  Young, the football coach, and Gurley, the hoops coach, have both been named North Carolina Coach of the Year.  Nick Brown, a former men's soccer standout at Catawba College, is joining them as he was named the N.C. Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.

It can go with his North Piedmont Conference and Region 7 awards.

“I’ve just got good players who are willing to work hard and give me everything they’ve got,” a humbled Brown said.

What he got was a team that went 17-4 and was ranked second in the state at one time. The Falcons also ended their season on a 38-match NPC win streak that will never be broken since they are heading for a new South Piedmont Conference next season.

Even more impressive is how Brown molded this year’s team. He had lost 10 seniors, including all-state Allison Baucom.

“There were a lot of question marks,” Brown said. “We got the girls to believe and they stepped up with career numbers. Everything came together.”

He especially praised seniors Kayla Boley and Toni Lucente.

Lucente will join Brown at today’s banquet to pick up her all-state award. She finished her career with 103 goals and 93 assists. Twenty-five of her goals and 25 assists came this season.

Brown has been West’s head coach for six years and still assists the woman’s program at his alma-mater, Catawba.

“To be honest, in college, I didn’t even like women’s soccer,” Brown admitted with a grin. “But when I came on board at Catawba, I loved it.”

A native Canadian from Toronto, Brown played on a team that came to the area and was recruited by the Indians. His playing career spanned from 2001-04.

“I never left,” he smiled.

When he took over at West, he had good players, like goalkeeper Honour Trosper, but the coaching was always up in the air.

“They had four coaches in four years and there wasn’t that coaching stability,” he said.

There is now. And West has produced yet another state coach of the year.

“This is what I am,” Brown said of being a soccer coach. “I love what I’m doing.”

Today's Events

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN, 1:00Stats
Baseball @ Wingate, 3:00Stats
Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN, 3:00Stats
Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM, 4:00VideoStats
Baseball @ Wingate, 6:00Stats
Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM, 7:00VideoStats

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

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April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

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April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

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April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

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April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

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April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

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April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

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April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

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April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

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April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

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April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

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April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

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April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

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April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

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April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

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April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 4 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 7 p.m.

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April 24

Lacrosse (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

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April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 27

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Softball @ SAC Tournament

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April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Softball @ SAC Tournament

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April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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