SPORTS: Peninsula College men’s soccer coach Andrew Chapman named coach of the year

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College men’s soccer coach Andrew Chapman was named the NWAACC coach of the year Tuesday.

It was the second time in his eight-year career as head coach that Chapman has earned the honor.

Two weeks ago he was named West Division coach of the year while in 2007 he was voted both the West coach of the year and NWAACC coach of the year.

In 2008, Chapman took West coach of the year honors.

The Pirates won their first NWAACC title on Nov. 21, which was their third Final Four appearance in the last four years.

Peninsula, which will hold a school assembly honoring the soccer team today at 12:40 p.m., has been in the playoffs six years under Chapman.

Other firsts for the team this year is having its highest ranking, at No. 1, for several weeks this season, and finishing with its highest at the end of the regular season ranking at No. 3.

Highest finish in the NWAACC Tournament before this year was fourth-place finishes in 2007 and 2008.

The Pirates had the most all-stars ever with five and this is the second time in two years that they have had the West Division MVP.

Last year Steve Prevost was named the West Division MVP while Miguel Gonzalez took the honor this season.

Gonzalez also broke the Peninsula College scoring record with 14 goals.

Goalkeeper Jared Wilson was named the NWAACC championship MVP with a shutout through regulation and overtime.

The Pirates started their men’s soccer program with a humble 1-16-1 record in 2003 but they added four more wins and three more ties in 2004.

They recorded their first winning season at 11-8-4 in 2005 and had two of their better records at 15-5-2 in 2007 and 14-7-3 in 2009.

The Pirates finished 13-3-4 overall this past fall season.

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