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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Clemson’s Mike Noonan has been named the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, as announced today by the NSCAA. Wake Forest’s Dane Brenner was recognized as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Noonan, in his sixth season as head coach, led the 2015 Clemson men's soccer team to the NCAA Men's College Cup final team and finished as runners-up to Stanford. The ACC Atlantic Division Champions, the Tigers started the season ranked No. 11 in NSCAA Preseason Poll and stayed in the top 10 for the rest of the season. Wins over Elon and UC Santa Barbara and a shootout victory over Maryland sent Clemson to the College Cup for the first time since 2005.
The announcement marks the seventh time an ACC coach has won the award and first since Notre Dame’s Bobby Clark in 2013.
The 2015 season was Brenner’s fifth in Winston-Salem. Working primarily with the defensive unit and serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator, Brenner helped Wake Forest post one of its best seasons in program history this year in only allowing 13 goals. The figure ties for the lowest goals against total in Wake Forest history. Brenner also helped Alec Ferrell to his best season as a Demon Deacon thus far, as Ferrell finished with eight shutouts and a 0.66 goals against average.
Brenner is the second Wake Forest coach to garner National Assistant Coach of the Year honors after Carson Porter in 2008.