The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Wednesday that Bethel men's soccer head coach Thiago Pinto has been named the NCCAA DI Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. This national honor comes after Pinto led the Pilots to a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCCAA National Tournament.
After their second consecutive trip to the NCCAA National Championship game, the Bethel Pilots men's soccer team has started to pile up an impressive collection of individual accolades. While some awards have been given during the course of the 2015 season, a number of honors were handed out in the days following the conclusion of the NCCAA National Championships Tournament with the potential of more accolades on the horizon.
The Bethel men's soccer team took the field on Saturday with hopes of picking up the program's second NCCAA National Championship; however, BC came up two goals short and ended the game with a national runner-up finish for the second consecutive year. Bethel's 2-0 loss came at the hands of NCAA DII Southern Wesleyan University and was the team's first loss at the national tournament. Bethel closes the 2015 campaign with a 13-7-3 record.
The NAIA announced on Friday that 382 men's soccer student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Among those honored was Bethel junior Lukas Muszong. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.