Brazeau Named Men's Soccer Coach Of The Year

Seventh year head man is honored by the Northwest Conference after leading Boxers to one of the best turnarounds in Division III men's soccer history

Jim brazeauFOREST GROVE - Leading Pacific to one of the biggest turnarounds in Division III men's soccer this season has earned Pacific head coach Jim Brazeau the Northwest Conference's top honor.

Brazeau was named the Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year on Thursday, earning the award voted upon by all eight conference coaches. It marks the fourth time that a Pacific men's soccer coach has been selected as Coach of the Year.

Brazeau was surprised by the award and was appreciative of his peers. "I am very honored to be selected, but this award is because of what this team did on the field," Brazeau said.

The seventh-year manager of the Pacific men's programs made a number of changes after a disappointing 2005 season that saw the team finish with 2-15-2 record and the most losses in school history. Brazeau gave up his dual role as director of soccer, resigning his women's coaching duties, brought in a defensive specialist in assistant coach Jim Rilatt and a strength specialist in assistant coach Jeff Grundon.

The changes proved dramatic. With basically the same group of players, Pacific finished with a 10-6-1 overall record and fifth place in the NWC. Both the Boxers' conference and overall marks were their best since the 1999 season. The 8.5-game improvement ranks as one of the top turnarounds in collegiate soccer this season and ranks among the top turnarounds in NCAA Division III history.

"I could not have done any of this without the addition of Jim and Jeff to the staff," Brazeau said. "Jim brought a wealth of knowledge to the program and was an integral part of the year's effort. Jeff has not only helped our recruiting efforts, but has contributed greatly to the improved strength of our players and was a great motivational force for us."

Jimmy Conway, who coached Brazeau when he was a goalkeeper for the Boxers in the mid 1980s, earned Coach of the Year honors in 1985. Jeff Enquist was tabbed for the honor twice, in 1994 and 1996, after leading the Boxers to conference titles both seasons.

Posted by Blake Timm ( on Nov 9, 2006 at 2:00 PM

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