Jan. 22, 2013
Auburn associate head coach for soccer Amy Berbary was named the 2012 South Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America annual Awards Banquet on Friday in Indianapolis.
"I am very humbled and at the same time very excited to be recognized by the NSCAA," Berbary said. "This award is not solely about me, but it is also about the dedication that our team puts in day-in and day-out."
Berbary, who just completed her fifth year on head coach Karen Hoppa's staff, is Auburn's recruiting coordinator and runs Auburn's offense. During her tenure at Auburn, the program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times and has played in the SEC Championship match twice, winning it in 2011.
"We could not be more proud and excited for Amy to receive this well-deserved recognition for all that she has meant to our program, not only this year but during her five years here," Hoppa said. "She is an extraordinary coach, recruiter and person who has positively impacted every facet of our program. She played a key role in guiding our team back to the SEC tournament finals and the second round of the NCAAs this season."
This past season Berbary's offense tallied 35 goals and had a First Team All-SEC selection for the fifth straight season. That came on the heels of a 50-goal season in 2011, which was the second-most in school history.
In her role as recruiting coordinator Berbary has helped land some of the top recruiting classes in program history and has helped advance the borders of Auburn's recruiting footprint from primarily the southeast to as far away as California.
Berbary is the second Auburn assistant to be recognized for her work on the field as former assistant Matt Mott was named the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002. Mott is now the head coach at Ole Miss.
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