NSU Men’s Soccer Named South Region Staff of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As a bi-product of guiding the program to its first very first Sweet 16, and NCAA Tournament for that matter, head coach Matt Watts and the Nova Southeastern men’s soccer staff has been recognized as the 2021 NCAA Division II South Region Staff of the Year, announced by United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized as Staff of the Year by our fellow talented coaches in the region,” said Watts. “We are lucky to coach such talented, hard-working players, who have gotten us to this point. This award really is a STAFF award. There are so many people that have been involved in the success of the program this season. Michael (Donald), Guiseppe (Weller), Dustin (Gatens), Logan (Polen), Rachel (Fineberg) and many others, thank you! Their dedication and work ethic has been incredible. Let’s keep this going!”

Since sitting at 5-3-1 following consecutive losses in early October, the Sharks have gone unbeaten in 11 straight matches to advance to this Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup vs. Chowan in Young Harris, Ga. NSU ripped off three wins in a span of seven days, including back-to-back on the road at No. 2 Palm Beach Atlantic and No. 9 Tampa, capturing the program’s first Sunshine State Conference Tournament title to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Selected as the No. 7 seed in Super Region II, the Sharks collected their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 3-2 triumph over Coker before upsetting Palm Beach Atlantic on its home turf for the second time in 11 days to keep their magical postseason run alive.

The NSU staff will be recognized at the College Coaches Awards Ceremony at the United Soccer Coaches Convention on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.

In addition, Watts and company have been placed on the ballot for United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year consideration within Division II.

For complete coverage of Thursday’s Sweet 16 contest, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MSoccer.

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