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A pair of ACC coaches were honored by their peers on Tuesday as the best in their profession. Notre Dame's Bobby Clark and Virginia's Steve Swanson were tabbed as the 2013 NSCAA/FieldTurf Coaches of the Year for NCAA Division I men's and women's soccer.
Clark earned the honor two days after leading the program to its first national title. The Fighting Irish defeated Maryland, 2-1, in Sunday’s national title game to conclude the campaign with a 17-1-6 record. After suffering its lone loss of the season on Oct. 26 to Virginia (2-0), Notre Dame went 9-0-1 and outscored opponents 25-8 during that season-ending stretch. During their five-game run in the NCAA tournament, the Irish held a 14-4 scoring advantage over their competition.
Clark also guided the Fighting Irish to a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title with a 7-1-3 league mark in their first season in the challenging conference. He was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year, marking the sixth time in his career that he was named a conference coach of the year.
This is the first NSCAA national coach-of-the-year honor for Clark, who just completed his 27th season as a college head coach and his 13th at Notre Dame. He boasts a career mark of 323-132-66 (.683) and is 170-69-41 (.680) at the helm of the Fighting Irish program. The 170 victories are the most in Notre Dame history and Clark is the first Fighting Irish men’s soccer coach to be named a national coach of the year.
Swanson becomes the first national coach of the year in the program’s history.
Swanson, who was also the ACC Coach of the Year and the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year, led the Cavaliers to a 24-1-1 record this season. Virginia had a perfect regular season (19-0-0) and captured the first ACC regular-season title in school history. The Cavaliers reached the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the first time in 22 seasons before falling in penalty kicks to eventual-national champion UCLA in the semifinals.
Virginia set numerous school records in 2013, including 24 wins, 78 goals and 16 shutouts. The Cavaliers opened the season with a school-record 20-game win streak and were ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season.
Earlier this month, Swanson was announced as the head coach of the United States U-23 National Team.