Baum Named Soccer America Coach of the Year

Dec. 18, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's soccer head coach Joe Baum collected his third coach of the year accolade this season as he was named the Soccer America Men's Coach of the Year. Baum guided the Spartans to the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and tied a program record with 13 wins. He also led MSU to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.

"I'm greatly honored and I can only say I'm so thankful for my team this year," Baum said. "They never gave up and I feel they are responsible for me receiving this award."

Last week, Baum was named NSCAA/adidas Regional Coach of the Year which made him a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Baum also earned his third-career Big Ten Coach of the Year accolade this season.

The 32nd-year head coach will retire effective Jan. 1, 2009, but will remain on staff next season as an assistant coach. Baum's career record stands at 320-228-54.