Nov. 13, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's soccer coach Joe Baum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and senior forward Doug DeMartin earned Player of the Year honors it was announced Thursday (Nov. 13) night at the Big Ten Men's Soccer Awards Banquet in Madison, Wis. Both selections were unanimous.
"I'm very honored and thankful for the awards MSU received tonight," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Tonight was truly a special night for Spartan soccer."
Baum, who will retire as head coach at the end of the season, now has three Big Ten Coach of the Year honors (1996, 2000 and 2008).
DeMartin is just the second player in MSU history to earn conference Player of the Year accolades. Goalkeeper Reid Friedrichs was the last Spartan to earn the laurel in 1996. DeMartin, a Mason, Mich. native, leads the conference and is tied for fifth in the nation in points with 33. His 15 goals also lead the Big Ten and are good for third in the NCAA.
"It is such a well-deserved honor for Doug," said Baum. "He is one of the finest student-athletes I've ever been associated with and he has definitely earned this award."
DeMartin was also one of four Spartans selected to the All-Big Ten First Team along with senior midfielder Zac Scaffidi, senior defender Dave Hertel and sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage. Four players are the most MSU has ever had selected to the All-Big Ten First Team.
"I have to give our seniors so much credit," Baum said. "They did so much that led to our success this season. To see them honored makes me thrilled as a coach."
Senior Ben Pirmann was the Spartans' Sportsmanship Award honoree which means he will be eligible for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award which recognizes one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
MSU, the No. 1 seed in this year's Big Ten Championship, will take on the fourth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats on Friday at 12 p.m. in Madison, Wis. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.