Worcester, Mass. – Clark University head coach Matt O'Toole has been named the 2016 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer coach of the year it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the league's Executive Director, Patrick Summers.
The award for O'Toole comes following a vote of the seven league head coaches.
He claims his first career award after a season in which the Scarlet and White won its first nine games and finished the year with a berth in the conference semifinals.
O'Toole's award marks the second straight fall in which a Clark University head coach was named their respective sports coach of the year following Mickey Cahoon's selection in volleyball in the fall of 2015.
The fifth-year sideline general led the Cougars to 14 victories with a squad heavily dotted with underclassmen, including five of his top seven scorers.
As a team, Clark finished in the top three in the conference in several statistical categories, including goals scored (35), points scored (94) and goals per game (1.84).
He was exceptional in handling his goalkeeper situation where he had a pair of excellent netminders in Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) and Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.). Maguire was named second-team all-conference this season, while Richardson finished his senior campaign a perfect 7-0 with a 0.63 goals against average and three shutouts.
After finishing third in the conference and receiving a bye into the semifinal round, O'Toole will return 13 of the 15 student-athletes who scored a point this season and Maguire in goal in 2017.