Special to the Journal
(ALBANY) Two of American soccer’s governing bodies – the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the National Junior College Athletic Association – chose Darton College head men’s soccer coach Bart Sasnett as the coach of the year.
The NJCAA recognized Sasnett as the Southeast District Coach of the Year, which covers Regions 17 and 10 (Georgia and South Carolina). The NSCAA chose Sasnett as the Junior College South Regional Coach of The Year, accounting for the southern quarter of the U.S.
“Coach Sasnett is very deserving of this award,” Darton College Athletic Director Mike Kiefer said. “His team obviously had great success throughout the season and this award is a reflection of their hard work.”
In the fall 2011 season the Cavaliers finished 3rd nationally, had eight All-Region 17 namings and two NJCAA All-Americans while sophomore Diego Ramos earned “Athlete of the Year” accolades from the NSCAA. They never lost a Region matchup and finished 19-2-1.
Sasnett, who has come to be known as a player’s coach, gives the credit to the dedication of his 36 athletes and the Darton community.
“To have the kind of season we had, it isn’t just from one person,” he said. “It takes an entire institution. I recognize that everyone at our institution puts in to help us be successful. The business office, the admissions office, the faculty – if you don’t have the support of your college, you just can’t make it this far.”