(Story courtesy of Trinity University)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Trinity University Tigers head women's soccer Coach Lance Key has been elected the Division III West Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Key, who has completed eight seasons at the Tigers helm, was
previously named the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year in
A former Trinity men's soccer All-American, Key guided the Tiger women's team to a 16th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship (8-0-0 record), and the sixth under his leadership. He was selected as SCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
The Tigers registered a 20-0-0 mark during the regular season, the third perfect campaign in Trinity history. All three undefeated, untied seasons came on Key's watch.
Trinity went on to compete in its 17th NCAA Division III Tournament, and seventh in the past eight years. The Tigers opened the national event at home with a 5-2 win over St. Scholastica, and then defeated NCAA champion Hardin-Simmons 3-1. Ithaca edged the Tigers 1-0 in a double-overtime third-round thriller at Ithaca, N.Y.
The Tigers completed the season with a 22-1-0 record, setting a school record for victories.
Key has posted a 128-16-10 record (.864) during his tenure as head coach. It is the highest winning percentage of anyone who has coached in the SCAC, in any team sport.