BLACKSBURG, Va. - Fourth-year Virginia Tech men's soccer assistant coach Michael Brizendine was named the 2007 Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced.
Brizendine helped guide Tech to its first College Cup appearance in school history. Tech finished third in the final postseason NSCAA/adidas National Men's Soccer Poll, the highest ranking in school history. The Hokies were also ranked second in the final regional poll of the regular season.
"I was very surprised that I won the award. I'm still having a little trouble believing it," Brizendine said. "It is very exciting not only to know that Coach [Oliver] Weiss nominated me for the honor, but also to be voted for it by my peers."
The Hokies finished 14-4-5 overall to tie the 1997 team for the most wins in a single season, and their .717 winning percentage stands as the second-highest in the program's 36-year history.
Tech is 44-27-12 in the four seasons with Brizendine, including a 3-2-1 mark in three NCAA Tournament appearances. Three players have also been drafted by Major League Soccer during his tenure: Chase Harrison, Patrick Nyarko and Ben Nason.
The 2007 NSCAA/adidas Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year for intercollegiate soccer are:
Atlantic, Michael Brizendine, Virginia Tech
Central, Frank Speth, Ohio State
East, Jon Davy, Massachusetts
South, Tim McClements, Southern Methodist
West, Eric Yamamoto, Santa Clara