Story and photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell head coach Jaro Zawislan was named the NSCAA
Northeast Region Men's Soccer Coach of the Year on Monday
afternoon, earning recognition from the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America for turning a Big Red program that was 1-15
the year before he arrived into the 2012 Ivy League Champions.
Zawislan is now eligible to be named the NSCAA National Men's Soccer Coach of the Year.
Zawislan, who just completed his fourth year in charge of the Big Red, now holds a 33-18-15 record at Cornell, and his .613 winning percentage is the third-highest ever for a Cornell coach. In 2012, his Big Red went 15-2-0, winning the Ivy League for the first time since 1995 and winning the League outright for the first time since 1977.
Cornell also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996, hosting a game against Syracuse in front of a Berman Field-record 1,504 fans.
Bringing a high-pressure style of offense to Ithaca, Zawislan's Big Red teams have scored more goals in each of the last three years of his tenure. The 2011 team nearly doubled the 2010 squad's 13 goals when it scored 25, and this year's team scored an impressive 39 times in 17 games. Cornell's offense ranked fifth in the country this year and the program had the third-best winning percentage in the nation.
During this run, Cornell broke a school record with 28 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, and the team opened the 2012 campaign with a 12-game winning streak, also the best in team history.
Cornell has lost just four contests in the last two years, the best two-year stretch for the program since 1956-57, when it only played a combined 18 games. The 2011-12 Big Red teams played 33 combined games.