Dec. 10, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer’s Kylie Stannard was named 2013 Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Also recognized for the accomplishments this season were Kevin Cope, Jay Chapman and Tim Kreutz.
“It means a lot number one that Damon nominated me, because I wouldn’t get it without him,” said Stannard. “It’s been a privilege to work under him and for Michigan State. I’ve learned a lot here and I just think it’s a product of hard work, being in a good environment and good culture here at Michigan State. I really appreciate the honor.”
One of 24 individuals recognized by the NSCAA, Stannard joined the Michigan State soccer coaching staff in 2009 after serving as the assistant coach at Northern Illinois for the previous four seasons. He has helped lead the Spartans to four NCAA Tournament bids over the last five years, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and the Elite Eight in 2013, as well as a Big Ten Tournament title and appearance in the round of 32 in 2012. During his tenure on Damon Rensing's staff, Stannard has helped MSU re-establish itself in the national picture, consistently taking on top-10 competition and compiling victories over perennial powers Maryland, Akron, Notre Dame, and Indiana, among others.
“I think it’s well-deserved for Kylie,” said head coach Damon Rensing. “Assistant coaches in general do a lot of work behind the scenes and probably don’t get a lot of credit. My whole staff, but especially Kylie, has done a lot of work with recruiting and organizationally. He does a ton for us; he helps build our student section. I’m happy for him. I think he’s made a lot of growth, not just since he’s come here, but even in the last couple of years, as a coach. I think he’s been great. We wouldn’t be here in our final run if it wasn’t for him.”
Also recognized by the NSCAA was redshirt senior Kevin Cope as he was named to the 2013 Great Lakes All-Region First-Team. It marked the second-straight All-Region honor for the three-time captain of the Spartans. Sophomore Jay Chapman received Second-Team All-Region honors, while redshirt junior Tim Kretuz was given Third-Team All-Region recognition.
“We never try to single out individual accolades for players or for the coaching staff,” said Stannard. “But I think it is a culmination of what we’ve done as a team. We’ve been successful and we say that individual accolades come with team success; I think it’s just a byproduct of that.”
The Spartans (14-6-3) closed out a record-breaking season with a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1968. Michigan State battled to 14 wins in 2013, the most ever in single season history, and tied the program record of 13 shutouts on the season.