2011 - 2012 ODU Athletics

2011 Mens Soccer

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HEAD COACH 14 years at ODU Career Record: 288-119-35 (23 yrs) 149-82-23 at ODU The winningest coach in Old Dominion University Soccer history and a four-time CAA Coach of the Year, head coach Alan Dawson has guided the Monarchs for 14 seasons. In just a few short years, Dawson has led the ODU soccer program to national prominence with seven NCAA Tournament berths in the last nine years which include six straight, two top 16 seeds,and two straight round of 16 berths. Last year, the 10-7-2 Monarchs defeated then second ranked North Carolina in a regular season match at the ODU Soccer Complex. ODU recieved an at-large spot in the NCAA College Cup and promptly knocked off defending National Champion Virginia in the first round. In 2009, the Monarchs compiled an 11-5-2 record as senior Nane Joseph earned NSCAA second team All-American honors and was selected in the fourth round of the MLS Super Draft by Toronto. Steffen Rabben was named ODU Scholar Athlete of the Year with the prestigious Wilkins/Howard award. In 2008, ODU tied for second in the CAA and newcomer Steffen Rabben became the fourth Monarch under Dawson to earn CAA Rookie of the Year honors. In 2007, the Monarchs captured the Colonial Athletic Championship and advanced to the round of 16 after beating Providence and sixth ranked Brown. David Horst earned CAA Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year and became the first Monarch ever selected in the first round of the MLS Super draft. In 2006, ODU compiled a 14-6-2 record and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA College Cup, knocking off Winthrop, and tenth ranked North Carolina before losing a 2-1 decision to eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara. ODU also ranked among the nation's top 20 in attendance. In 2005, the Monarchs rolled to a 15-4-2 record, reaching the CAA championship Match for the second straight year and earning a number ten seed in the NCAA College Cup. During the season ODU knocked off nationally ranked Virginia, Davidson, and N.C. State. As the regular season champion, ODU hosted the CAA tournament. Dawson was named CAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time and the Virginia Coach of the Year by VaSID for the second time. In 2004, the Monarchs were 13-6-2 and reached the championship match of the Colonial Athletic Association. For the first time in school history ODU was awarded a number 12 seed and a first round bye of the NCAA Tournament. The soccer Monarchs defeated North Carolina, Rutgers and handed CAA rival James Madison it's first loss of the year. In 2003, the Monarchs reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Old Dominion defeated N.C. State 6-3 at home in the first round before falling to #2 seed Maryland 2-1 on the road in the second round. The Monarchs were ranked as high as #2 during a season that saw ODU race to a 14-0-0 start and become the last Division I team to lose a game. The Monarchs started the season with a nine game shutout streak before VCU found the net in the 10th game. The Monarchs' 15-4-1 record marks the fourth season since 1999 in which Dawson has led his team to double-digit wins. For his efforts, Dawson received his third CAA Coach of the Year award and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South-Atlantic Coach of the Year. In 2001, the Monarchs finished 10-6-2 as CAA semifinalists and captured a slew of post-season awards, including Dawson's second CAA Coach of the Year honor. In 1999, the men's team finished 15-4-0, winning the CAA regular season title and earning him CAA Coach of the Year honors and the Virginia Sports Information Directors' Coach of the Year Award. Coming into 2004, Dawson's Monarchs will look once again to challenge for another title run. Dawson, a former assistant coach at the University of North Carolina (1996) and a two-time NCAA Division III South Region Coach of the Year at Methodist, has always been known as a winner. In 1995, he led Methodist to the NCAA Division III Championship game. While at Methodist, he guided the school to seven consecutive conference championships and six straight NCAA tournament ALAN DAWSON

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