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Penn State’s Erica Walsh named Coach of the Year

Penn State women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh encourages one of her players during a drill at practice on Friday, August 5, 2011. CDT/Abby Drey
Penn State women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh encourages one of her players during a drill at practice on Friday, August 5, 2011. CDT/Abby Drey

Less than two weeks removed from winning the program’s first national championship, Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Walsh earned some more hardware.

Walsh was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year, the NSCAA announced Wednesday.

Under Walsh’s direction, the 2015 Nittany Lions finished 22-3-2, capping their remarkable campaign with a 1-0 win over Duke in the national championship on Dec. 6.

The coach said the award is “a tremendous honor,” and gave credit to her coaching staff.

“It just reaffirmed what I already knew. My staff is the best staff in the country,” Walsh said in a press release. “They make my day enjoyable every day and make my job easy.”

It’s the second time Walsh has earned the honors. She was the NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2012 after Penn State reached the national championship match, but lost.

On top of winning the title this year, Walsh’s Nittany Lions were Big Ten regular season and tournament champions while ending their season on an 11-game winning streak.

In her nine seasons at the helm, Walsh has compiled a 157-50-10 record overall with eight Big Ten titles.

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