Fatai Alashe and Jay Chapman named All-American honorees by NSCAA.
Providence 3, Michigan State 2
The Spartans fall just short of the College Cup in a hard-fought battle with the Friars.
MSU takes on Providence in Saturday's quarterfinal at noon in DeMartin Stadium.
The Spartans reach field of eight for second consecutive year.
Former MSU soccer standout Damon Rensing became the fifth head coach in Spartan history on January 1, 2009 after taking over for the legendary Joe Baum, who guided MSU for 32 seasons. The 2014 campaign is Rensing's sixth as head coach, after serving as an assistant coach for 10 seasons at his alma mater. In five years, Rensing has compiled an impressive 57-39-21 record (.577).
Rensing was named MSU's head coach designate on Aug. 14, 2008 after Baum decided to make 2008 his final season as head coach.
Rensing has spent nearly half his life in the Green and White with four years as varsity letterwinner, one season as an assistant with the women's program and 10 seasons in his previous position.
In his first five years as head coach, the Spartans have made four NCAA tournament campaigns, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2013. The 2013 season also saw Rensing named the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, while Kevin Cope earned All-America honors and was eventually selected as the 25th pick in the MLS Super Draft.
In 2012, he guided MSU to its third Big Ten Tournament title in school history as the Spartans topped Michigan in overtime, 2-1.
Under Rensing's leadership, the Spartans have received 17 All-Big Ten and 10 NSCAA All-Region selections, in addition to eight players that were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
The Spartans' performance in the classroom during Rensing's tenure has been equally impressive. Over the last five years, MSU has received 44 Academic All-Big Ten selections, 19 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar selections,
During his 10 years as an assistant at Michigan State, Rensing helped lead the Spartans to the 2004 and 2008 Big Ten Tournament championships as well as the 2008 conference regular-season crown. Rensing was instrumental in helping the program to its first four trips to the NCAA Tournament (2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008) since 1969.
During his time as an assistant, Rensing tutored 15 different First Team All-Big Ten performers and nine different NSCAA-All Region honorees. Rensing also worked with two NSCAA All-America selections - Ryan McMahen (2005) and Doug DeMartin (2008). Both McMahen (80 points, 26 goals) and DeMartin (85 points, 38 goals) rank in the MSU all-time top 10 in both points and goals.
Six players Rensing has recruited and coached, including John Minagawa-Webster (2005), McMahen (2006), Kevin Reiman (2008), Rauwshan McKenzie (2008), DeMartin (2009) and Cope (2013) have been drafted by MLS teams.
Rensing began his coaching career in 1997 when he assisted with the MSU women's soccer team before moving to UNLV when former MSU women's assistant Staci Hendershott was appointed head coach of that program. While at UNLV, he helped that club to an overall record of 8-10-1 along with a No. 3 national ranking for first-year programs. In addition, he coached the Las Vegas Premier Soccer U-17 Team to a state championship.
After one year at UNLV, Rensing returned to East Lansing in 1999 where he became an assistant coach on Baum's staff. In 2004, Rensing was promoted to associate head coach following the 2004 season.
Rensing was a four-time letterwinner and three-year starter for MSU (1993-96). His senior year saw him capture All-Big Ten first-team recognition after picking up 14 points on five goals and four assists. He was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree as a sophomore and junior. During his four years, he played in 74 matches, 55 as a starter, totaling seven goals and 13 assists for 27 points.
Rensing earned his bachelor's degree from MSU in communication in 1997. He married the former Daune Koester in May 2004. The couple has two children, Anna and Drew.