Four Hokies Named VaSID All State
Head coach Oliver Weiss named University Division Coach of the Year
March 2, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Four Virginia Tech men's soccer players have earned VaSID all-state honors, while Tech head coach Oliver Weiss was named University Division Coach of the Year.

Bobby O'Brien (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.) and Ben Nason (Fr., Stafford, Va.) earned first-team recognition, while Ken Jonmaire (r-Jr, East Aurora, N.Y) and Chase Harrison (So., Huntington, W. Va.) were on the second team. Weiss, in his second year as a head coach, edged four other nominees to earn Coach of the Year. VCU's Matthew Delicate, a second-team all-American, was named Player of the Year.

Weiss led Tech to the second round of the NCAA Tournament - the school's first-ever appearance in the postseason tournament. He mentored the Hokies past Clemson in the first round at home. Tech produced a 14-5-3 overall record, tying the school mark for wins. Weiss also led Tech to a 7-3 finish and a second place showing in the BIG EAST after being picked to finish ninth in the preseason. The Hokies defeated three nationally ranked opponents (#6 St. John's, #10 Rutgers and #22 Dayton) and set school season records for most goals (52), points (145) and shots (120).

O'Brien finished his Hokie career tying a school single season record with 15 goals. He added five assists for 35 points, second on the Hokies' season charts. In a match with Radford, O'Brien tied a single-match record with four goals and one assist for nine points. He scored 11 goals in the final eight matches and, at one point, notched five straight team goals during a three-match span. O'Brien concluded his four-year career ranked sixth in career goals (29), seventh in points (73) and eighth in shots (155).

Nason wrapped up a prolific first season with the Hokies by earning BIG EAST Rookie of the Year accolades. He led the team with nine assists and added three goals for 15 points. Nason was named third-team all-BIG EAST as well as all-Freshmen. He was named all-Tournament at the Dayton Flyer Classic. His nine assists ranked third on the Hokies' season charts.

Jonmaire was a consistent performer, scoring six goals along with two assists for 14 points. He was named all-Tournament at the Dayton Flyer Classic after scoring a game-winning goal against IUPUI. Jonmaire also helped the Hokies become co-champions at the Virginia Tech Tournament with two goals against Georgia State.

Harrison propelled the Hokies to a school record 14 wins with a 1.13 goals against average and 90 saves. He also posted six shutouts to give him eight for his two-year career, moving him into fifth place on the career shutouts chart. He led a defensive effort that allowed two or less goals in 20 of the 22 matches. His year was highlighted by a seven-save effort that led to a 2-1 win against sixth-ranked St. John's at home.

2003 VaSID University Division Men's Soccer All-State Teams

First Team
F - McColm Cephas, VCU
F - Matthew Delicate, VCU
F - Bobby O'Brien, Virginia Tech
F - Atilla Vendegh, Old Dominion
MF - Graham Albert, William and Mary
MF - Ben Nason, Virginia Tech
MF - Damian O'Rourke, George Mason
MF - Mark Totten, James Madison
D - Phil Hucles, William and Mary
D - Trevor McEachron, Old Dominion
GK - John O'Hara, George Mason

Second Team
F - Steve Alabi, George Mason
F - Ken Jonmaire, Virginia Tech
F - Darryl Roberts, Liberty
F - Pat Scherder, William and Mary
MF - Tim Bezbatchenko, Richmond
MF - Bryan Hinkle, William and Mary
MF - Kevon Harris, Old Dominion
MF - Erik Sokolik, Radford
D - Matt Oliver, Virginia
D - Gonzalo Segares, VCU
GK - Samuel Cameron, Old Dominion
GK - Chase Harrison, Virginia Tech

Player of the Year
Matthew Delicate, VCU

Coach of the Year
Oliver Weiss, Virginia Tech