Wentworth’s Andreas Commins Named USCAA “National Coach of the Year”
Commins wins National honor in his first season at Wentworth Military College
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association has named Andreas (Andy) Commins as the 2014 USCAA “National Soccer Coach of the Year.” Commins was presented with his award during the USCAA “USCAA Soccer National Championship All-American Banquet.” The event was held Wednesday evening at the Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia.
Commins, a late summer hire, had little time to prepare for the season ahead, and almost no time to recruit players to the Red Dragons soccer program. And, in spite of the late start, Commins was able to take a very diverse group of young men and develop them into a unified team.
“We wanted to build a program with a strong team culture which pursued excellence both on and off the field. We worked to develop a Team Philosophy and Core Values, spending many hours in the classroom learning goal setting and leadership. The players bought into those things and resulted in increased performance on the field, in the classroom, and within the Corp of Cadets,” stated Coach Commins.
On the season, the Red Dragons were able to accomplish several firsts:
- Best season record: 7-4-2
- Most goals scored in a season: 64
- Longest winning streak (3)
- Longest unbeaten streak (5)
- 7-1 Homecoming victory over Indian Hills Community College
- 2-1 Win over Kansas City Kansas Community College
Col. Michael Lierman, President of Wentworth Military Academy and College offered congratulations to Commins on the “National Coach of the Year” award. Lierman said, “Coach Commins has added a tremendous amount of leadership and direction to our college soccer program. He has not only brought his coaching skills to the field to help his players, but a tremendous amount of military structure and leadership. His background brought both his soccer skills and his military experience and has helped his players find success both on the field and off. We are very proud of Andy and this accomplishment, and look forward to the coming years as he continues to build a strong program. “
Athletic Director, Tom Hughes added, “Andy was a great hire for us. And, he proved that his leadership skills on the field of play and in the locker room were what we were looking for in a coach. Watching his team practice and play in games was a pleasure because they were so well coached. This is a tremendous honor for Andy, the Soccer program, and his players.”
Commins is a Major in the US Army National Guard. He and his wife, Tabitha, have two children, Philip and Katie. Philip is a high school senior at Wentworth Military Academy.
The USCAA, based in Newport News, Virginia, is an organization of smaller two and four year college programs located throughout the United States.