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Wagner named CCAA Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year

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 Wagner named CCAA Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year

Nov. 4, 2014 – Kevin Wagner has spent the last five seasons developing a soccer program at Lakeland College. His hard work has paid off; Wagner has been named the CCAA’s Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Wagner, who guided the Rustlers to top spot in the ACAC’s competitive South Division, received the award at the 2014 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship at Sheridan College.

In 2014, Lakeland’s record improved to 7-1-2 in league play. The team was 4-3-3 the previous season and missed out on the playoffs on a tiebreaker.

“Kevin did a great job leading Lakeland to a South Division regular season title,” said David Kent, the CCAA’s men’s soccer convenor. “Under Kevin’s direction, the Rustlers were in the CCAA Top 15 national rankings all season, ranked as high as 4th for three weeks in October.”

Wagner has focused on creating a team environment with the student-athletes on and off the pitch at Lakeland. He also coaches the women’s soccer team at Lakeland as well as its men’s and women’s Futsal teams.

“Coach Wagner dedicates a significant amount of time towards the student-athletes to help them succeed academically, athletically and as members of the Lakeland community”, said Alan Rogan, Coordinator of Athletics at Lakeland College.

As CCAA Coach of the Year, Wagner receives a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the official ring supplier of the CCAA national championship awards banquet.

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OTHER NOMINEES

PACWEST: Bill Merriman led the VIU Mariners to the PACWEST regular-season title with a 10-2-3 record. This marked a 12-point improvement from 2013, when the Mariners finished 6-5-3. The 2011 CCAA Coach of the Year is also the technical director for Mid-Isle Soccer, a club with approximately 400 youth players.

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OCAA: St. Clair College’s Mike Baraslievski led his team to a 5-1-2 record this season. The Saints, who were undefeated until the final game of the regular season, placed third in the OCAA’s tough West Division. Baraslievski also serves as a long-time coach and President of the Windsor FC Nationals.

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RSEQ: Alessandro Salvoni led Dawson College to a 3-2-5 record in the RSEQ. Salvoni had to double his efforts for recruitment in a rebuilding year at Dawson. Nonetheless, he guided his team to a quarter-final appearance. Salvoni also serves as an assistant technical director for the ARS Laval Region.

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ACAA: Jonathan Vos led the Holland Hurricanes to the top of the ACAA standings with an 11-0-1 record. Vos’ team improved by 11 points in the standings from a year ago (6-1-5). He has coached several recent graduates who have moved on to CIS teams. Vos is also the technical director for the province of PEI.

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The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.

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