Colwell Earns Second Straight Coach Of The Year Honor
For Women's Soccer
Nov. 23, 2003
Marc Colwell was recently named the 2003 Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer, earning the award for the second straight season.
This season Colwell led the Muskies to their second straight Lake Michigan Conference title and their first-ever NCAA bid after winning the LMC tournament. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic NCAA bid.
Last season Lakeland won the tournament as well, but due to NCAA rules the Muskies did not advance because the LMC did not have the required seven teams participating in conference play. Although the LMC has seven schools, MSOE did not field a team last year.
Colwell used that disappointment to motivate his team this year as they rolled through conference play with a 5-1 mark. Colwell also prepared his team for the LMC tournament by playing the team's most difficult schedule ever, including a trip to Oregon to face nationally ranked teams early in the season.
This year Lakeland felt the effects of the schedule as their record dropped to 11-11 but it helped prepare the Muskies for their grueling conference schedule and pressure-packed tournament just as Colwell planned.
Last year, Colwell's second, Lakeland finished 15-4 overall and 5-0 in the LMC. In the young skipper's first season the Muskies finished 17-5 overall and 9-3 in conference play, good for second place.
In just three years Colwell has become the all-time winningest coach for the
Women's Soccer program with an overall record of 43-20-1 and an outstanding
conference mark of 19-4.