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Robbie Church is the 2011 National Coach of the Year
Church Named FieldTurf National Coach of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/12/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. -  Duke University women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church received his second National Coach of the Year award on Thursday as he was named the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by FieldTurf at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Church was also named the Soccer America National Coach of the Year last month, after guiding the Blue Devils to their first NCAA College Cup appearance since 1992, before falling in the title match to top-ranked Stanford, 1-0.  Duke registered a school-record 22 victories and only the second Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season title in school history with a school-record eight league wins. 

Church, who just completed his 11th season with the Blue Devils, guided a Duke squad that was unranked in the preseason NSCAA poll to a national championship game appearance.  After winning 11 matches in 2010, Church doubled that win total in 2011 as the Blue Devils finished the year with a 22-4-1 overall mark.  Duke became just the third program in ACC history to reach the 20-win ledger.  Church was also named the ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career in 2011.  All this was accomplished with a starting lineup of one freshman, five sophomores and five juniors.

Over his 11 years at Duke, Church has led the Blue Devils to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and 125 victories.  He was the 2004 NSCAA/adidas South Region Coach of the Year.  Church became the second Duke women’s soccer coach to be named National Coach of the Year as Bill Hempen earned the NSCAA honor in 1992.

Duke will return all 11 starters in 2012 as Church will enter his 12th season at the helm of the Blue Devils. 

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