Joe Baum Named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year

Dec. 12, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's head soccer coach Joe Baum was named the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes Region Coach of the year it was announced this week. It is the first such award for Baum, who led the Spartans to their fourth NCAA appearance since 2001 this season.

"I am extremely honored to be chosen for this outstanding award and thank the team for their outstanding efforts this season," said Baum.

Baum was one of six regional NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches to earn the award and is now a candidate for NSCAA National Coach of the Year, which will be announced Jan. 17, 2009 in St. Louis.

Baum also earned his third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor this year after guiding the Spartans to the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. The Spartans' 13-5-2 record tied the school mark for wins in a season.

"I'm humbled," said Baum. "It's something I never anticipated or even thought about. To be chosen for this honor is pretty special."

Baum, who will retire as head coach after 32 years effective Jan. 1, 2009, compiled a 320-228-54 career record at MSU. He will remain on staff next year as an assistant coach.