KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 11, 2019) – The United Soccer Coaches announced on Friday, December 6, its 2019 Regional Staff of the Year winners which included the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer staff.
The Wildcats garnered the 2019 NAIA Women's East Region Staff of the Year (SOY) and will now be placed on the NAIA National Staff of the Year ballot. Voting began on December 9 with the NSOY announcement taking place on Friday, December 20.
"My staff and I are incredibly honored and humbled by receiving this recognition by our fellow college coaching peers," Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski said. "There are so many deserving coaching staffs throughout the region and country, I have tremendous respect for each one of them and their programs. To have so many highly regarded coaches vote for our staff really means so much, and I cannot thank our assistant coaches enough (Carissa Sanchez, Leon Florez, Marco DiGiacomo, Mark Sendon and Cory Harbinson). They all contributed greatly to a season that saw us make history in so many aspects. We also want to recognize our players, as it is only because of their hard work and dedication that we are being recognized. Our players have continue to help this program reach new heights, it has been incredible to watch the program develop. Lastly, we would really like to say thank you to our amazing alumni, JWU administration and support staff for their unbelievable support."
In 2019, JWU finished with a 12-5-1 record (6-3-1 TSC) to earn the No. 3 seed in the Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championship. Advancing the semifinals for the second-straight year, the Wildcats registered a school-record 12 wins in 2019 while remaining unbeaten at home (6-0-1) for the first time in program history. Named the 2019 Sun Conference Coach of the Year, Dobrzanski and his staff led a team which featured three All-TSC selections and the Sun Conference Player of the Year (Savannah Jackson – the first JWU soccer player to earn this honor). The Wildcats set program records in total goals scored in a season (60), individual goals scored in a season (46 – Jackson) and individual goals scored in a game (6 – Jackson versus Florida Memorial on October 6).
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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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