SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – USF women's soccer head coach Jim Millinder was named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year when the honorees were announced on Monday. Millinder, in his fourth year on the Hilltop, led the Dons to their best season in program history in 2015.
Under Millinder's direction, USF enjoyed its first winning season since 2004, finished with the best overall and conference records in program history (13-4-3, 7-2-0) and tied for second place in the West Coast Conference, also a program-best finish.
Among the highlights of the 2015 season were historic wins over then-No. 5 BYU – the highest-ranked opponent the USF women have ever defeated – and over then-No. 19 Santa Clara – the Dons' first win over the Broncos in 31 previous matchups.
Millinder's squad had six members selected for the 2015 All-WCC teams, including the program's first-ever major individual award winner in co-defensive player of the year Ali Schaffer. Two players (Jessica Nakae and Madalyn Schiffel) were named to the first team for the first time since 1992.
The team also had two WCC All-Academic honorees in Nakae (3.86 GPA) and Amanda Whittle (3.83).
Among the nine team records matched or surpassed in 2015 were the most road wins (7) and a tie for the most shutouts (10).
Millinder previously earned West Region Coach of the Year recognition in 1997 while at USC.