TAMPA, Fla. (November 6, 2019) – The Sun Conference announced its 2019 postseason awards on Wednesday with Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski being named this year's TSC Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league 11 head coaches.
This marks Dobrzanski's third Coach of the Year Honor (2011 & 2014).
"Our women's soccer program has enjoyed one of its best regular seasons ever," Dobrzanski said. "Finishing 11-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in Sun Conference play is a credit to our players, coaching staff and support staff. I am grateful and honored that the conference coaches recognized us with this award. I have been coaching here at JWU and in this conference for 10 years, and I truly respect and am honored to work with and coach against the coaches and the programs within this highly regarded conference. There are several teams and coaches that had tremendous seasons and could have received this award as well"
Dobrzanski guided the Wildcats to an 11-4-1 (6-3-1 TSC) record in 2019, marking the second-straight season in which JWU registered 10-or-more wins. The Wildcats earned the No. 3 seed in the 2019 Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championships and will host Thomas on Saturday – only the second time in school history JWU will host a TSC Playoff game.
In his 10th year at the helm, Dobrzanski's team has had seven conference weekly honors (five offensive POW, two defensive POW), the school's first NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, three all-conference honorees, and the school's first Sun Conference Player of the Year (Savannah Jackson).
The Wildcats scored a school-record 55 goals and 48 assists this past season. Jackson set the school record for goals in a single season (41) along with senior Tyler Einsmann, who registered a program-best 10 assists in 2019.
"This is truly a team award, and says so much about our players," Dobrzanski added. "It goes back to them and their overall performance throughout the season, they have been incredible and I cannot thank them enough for all that they do for this soccer program. Our players mean the world to me and our coaching staff. My first assistant, Carissa Sanchez, along with our staff (Leon Florez, Marco DiGiacomo, Cory Harbinson, and Mark Sendon), were unbelievable this season, all stepping up in different aspects throughout the year and helping guide this team to our best season in program history."
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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