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Penn State York Soccer Coach Named “Coach of the Year” for Second Time

12/8/2009 —

Rich ChilcoatRich Chilcoat, Penn State York’s head soccer coach, was named “Coach of the Year” in soccer by the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) for the second consecutive year. He will be recognized during the annual athletic awards luncheon held at University Park in June 2010. The winner of this award is selected by a vote of his/her peers in a PSUAC sponsored sport and Chilcoat was honored for a second time.

“It is very humbling to be selected as coach of the year once, much less twice,” said Rich Chilcoat, Penn State York soccer coach. “I believe it is a reflection of the quality of players we have been able to recruit and their commitment to the program, he said.

Chilcoat also commended Ben Otterson, his assistant coach, for the time and effort he has invested in the soccer program. “I look at this award as "coaches" of the year as we would not nearly be as successful without his efforts.”

Under Chilcoat’s direction, the Penn State York soccer team won the 2009 PSUAC championship, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1997. York finished the season with a 12-1-2 record, won the regular season, and were the PSUAC tournament champs. This is the third consecutive year York’s soccer team has played in the championship match. The York team also finished fourth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) after playing in the national tournament held in Burlington, Vermont.

Chilcoat has been the soccer coach at Penn State York for five years and prior to this appointment served for five years as the assistant soccer coach under longtime coach George Miller. Chilcoat also coaches for FC York instructing the 18-year-old boys and girls team and serves as trainer for the 15-year-old boys.

Last year he was selected to attend the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma coaching course at Bloomsburg University where participants must pass written, oral, and field exams. Only two coaches from Pennsylvania were selected to attend this prestigious program.

For more information on Penn State York’s athletic programs contact Kerry Magi, athletic director, at (717) 771-4036 or kam24@psu.edu or, visit the Penn State York athletics Web site.

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