Jan. 14, 2005
Baltimore, MD - UC Santa Barbara head coach Tim Vom Steeg earned the most prestigious award a Division I men's soccer coach could earn when he was awarded the National Coach of the Year award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Vom Steeg received the honor after guiding the Gauchos to the NCAA National Championship game where they tied Indiana 1-1.
In just six short seasons, Vom Steeg has proven to be the best coach in UCSB men's soccer history guiding the Gauchos from relative obscurity and a 2-17-1 overall record the year prior to his arrival into the up-and-coming national power that it is today. In the first 33 years of the program's existence, UCSB had never reached the NCAA Tournament, yet while under Vom Steeg they have now played in three straight, culminating in this National Championship appearance, improving his overall tournament record to 6-2-1. Currently the 10th winningest active coach in NCAA Division I with an overall record of 87-32-8, Vom Steeg's teams have put together 18-plus wins seasons twice in the past three years. The Gauchos set a new school record this past season after leading the nation with a 21-2-2 mark.
Since the Big West Conference reinstated men's soccer in 2000, Vom Steeg has steered the Gauchos to three conference championships, including this season, helping to earn him the Big West Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career. Over the course of the past four season's Vom Steeg has produced four conference offensive players of the year, one defensive player of the year, two goalkeepers of the year, and three straight freshman of the year.
Continually producing some of the best players that college soccer has to offer, Vom Steeg has helped eight different Gauchos earn All-American honors in the last three years. Vom Steeg will have also coached nine different players at UCSB who will be playing professional soccer when this next season begins.
Vom Steeg will enter his seventh year at the helm of the Gauchos' next fall, returning six starters from this year's National Finalist squad. Currently on the recruiting trail, another area of coaching that he has proven to excel in, Vom Steeg has another excellent incoming freshman class lineup, including members from the United States National Team pool.