Saward Honored By The NSCAA

January 20, 2010

Middlebury College men's soccer coach David Saward was recently honored by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America). The 25-year head coach earned the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award, given annually for long-term service to soccer. Saward received the award during the Association's annually Awards Banquet, held on January 15th, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in conjunction with the 2010 NSCAA Convention.

The men's soccer coach at Middlebury since 1985, Saward served on the NSCAA Board of Directors for five years beginning in 1990. In 1995, he was appointed to the National Staff of the NSCAA's Coaching Education program. A six-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, he earned National Coach of the Year recognition when his team claimed the NCAA title in 2007. Vermont's State Coaching Director since 1992, Saward was presented the New England Soccer Association's Service Award in 1993. He has led the team to 22 post-season appearances in 25 years, including five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ('94-'98) and four straight from '06-'08.

The '07 season was a magical one for the Panthers, as they captured the program's first NCAA Championship. Middlebury set a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. They earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while not allowing a goal over five NCAA Tournament games. The Panthers also won their second NESCAC Championship. Following the season, Saward was named the New England and National Coach of the Year. The following season, Saward earned Regional Coach of the Year honors after leading the team to an NCAA Sectional Final.