In a season full of records and Mountain West honors, the Fresno State soccer team finished its second season in the MW with a 10-8-2 overall record and 7-2-1 record in the conference.
Morgan Castain was named MW Offensive Player of the Year, Ariana Holmes was named MW Freshman of the Year and Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka was named MW Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs are set to host all seven home soccer matches in Bulldog Stadium this fall.
Fresno State has six games scheduled for the spring.
Camp will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
August 2, 2012
2013 Mountain West Women's Soccer Coach of the Year
Brian Zwaschka became the fourth Fresno State Women's Soccer head coach on April 6, 2009 and enters his sixth season at the helm of the Bulldog program. Zwaschka leads the 'Dogs with a wealth of soccer experience and knowledge as the team moves into its third season of competition in the Mountain West.
As the reigning MW Coach of the Year, Zwaschka led the Bulldogs to a second place finish in conference in 2013 with a 10-8-2 overall record and 7-2-1 record in MW play while ending the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak as they headed into the conference tournament.
The 'Dogs win over Colorado State (Oct. 25) on senior night marked their fifth straight win in Bulldog Stadium in 2013, which tied the Fresno State all-time record of consecutive home victories (five). The only other time this was done was in the1997 and 1998 seasons.
The Bulldogs pushed nine of their 20 matches into overtime in 2013, which set a new Fresno State record for most overtime matches in a single-season. The 'Dogs won five of those eight overtime matches that they played in, which also broke the school record for most overtime wins in a year. The record previously was three, which was done four times.
At the conclusion of regular season play, Fresno State swept three of the four most prestigious MW postseason awards while three Bulldogs players were named to the All-MW teams. Senior Morgan Castain was named Offensive Player of the Year, Bulldog defender Ariana Holmes was named Freshman of the Year and Zwaschka was named Coach of the Year. Castain and Katie DeVault earned All-MW first-team honors, while Holmes was named to the All-MW second-team.
In addition to dominating the MW postseason awards, the Bulldogs earned six MW weekly honors during the season under Zwaschka. DeVault was named MW Defensive Player of the Week three consecutive weeks in a row (Oct. 7-21). Castain earned MW Offensive Player of the Week honors twice, on Sept. 9 and Oct. 7, while Holmes was also named MW Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9. Fresno State has swept both defensive and offensive weekly awards twice in 2013.
In his fourth season as head coach, Zwaschka transitioned the Bulldogs into their first year in the Mountain West conference. Fresno State finished the year with multiple conference honors and two conference wins including a 2-0 road victory at Wyoming. The Wyoming win earned two Bulldogs conference honors as Morgan Castain was named Mountain West Women's Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week, and Katie DeVault was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. Devault and Castain also garnished Fresno State Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week awards under Zwascka's leadership in the 2012 season.
Under Zwaschka, seniors Callie Hancock and Vanessa Gonzalez were named to the 2012 Mountain West All-Conference team. The senior duo was also named in the top 20 in the Mountain West by the College Soccer Player Rankings released by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The 2012 Bulldog squad made it to the Mountain West Tournament as a No. 5 seed, their season came to a close following a 1-0 loss to UNLV in the first round.
In Zwaschka's third year at the helm, the Bulldogs were able to finish the year undefeated at home which extended the home unbeaten streak to ten. He led the team to a second consecutive WAC Championship game, where they fell in a 1-0 heartbreaker to Utah State. The 'Dogs finished the season 11-5-5 and 4-1-2 in conference play.
Under Zwaschka, the players brought in multiple accolades on the year. Seven Bulldogs were named to the WAC All-Tournament team, six were received All-WAC honors and six different players were named WAC Player of the Week on seven different occasions throughout the season. Kendall VanDine led the team on the academic front by being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. This was the second year in a row that a Bulldog received this honor. Kayla Kret joined VanDine on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first team and five 'Dogs earned Academic All-WAC honors.
During his second season with the Dogs, Zwaschka led the program to its second WAC Tournament title in three years. The Bulldog finished the season 9-9-5 and 3-3-2 in conference play. The 'Dogs won the 2010 conference crown in dramatic fashion as they claimed the title after beating San Jose State in penalty kicks.
Zwaschka guided the Bulldogs to the programs fourth appearance to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to UCF 2-1. Nicole Duff and Kaitlyn Revel earned All-WAC honors with a total of four Bulldogs earning league honors under Zwaschka. In 2010, the Bulldogs also had 11 (plus freshmen) earn Academic All-WAC honors. A total of 23 (+2010 freshmen) have earned academic honors in the past two seasons.
In Zwaschka's reign, the Bulldog made history in 2010 as Katie Lee became the first ever women's soccer player at Fresno State to be named Academic All-American. Lee was also named the 2010 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
In his first season as the Bulldogs head coach, Fresno State went 6-13 and 4-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. Zwaschka earned his first Bulldog victory on Sept. 13, 2009 against CSU Bakersfield and his first WAC win was against recent soccer powerhouse Hawai'i on Oct. 4, 2009.
Under Zwaschka, Kendall VanDine, Molly Nizzoli and Vanessa Gonzalez earned Second-Team All-WAC honors at the end of the 2009 season. Off the field, 12 Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC honors for having a 3.0 GPA or higher, which is the most the `Dogs have had since 2005.
Zwaschka and the Bulldogs advanced to the 2009 WAC Tournament in Boise, Idaho and faced Boise State in the first round. It was the fifth-consecutive year that Fresno State competed in the tournament.
Prior to Fresno State, Zwaschka was an assistant for two years at Cal where his primary responsibilities were to oversee the program's performance-related tasks, including player development, fitness and wellness, nutrition, recovery, video, scouting, equipment and facilities. He also shared heavily in planning and conducting team and individual training, prospect evaluations and other recruiting duties.
In 2008, Zwaschka helped coach the Golden Bears to their fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance, and the tenth in eleven seasons. In his first season at Cal, the team posted a 15-5-1 record, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 11 national ranking.
Over the last three years, Zwaschka has helped train and develop players for the international stage. This includes Iceland National Team veteran, Katrin Omarsdottir, as well as US Women's Full National Team forward, Alex Morgan.
Zwaschka also coached National Team hopefuls in current U23 and U20 players, Katie Oakes and Megan Jesolva. In Chile in 2008, Morgan went on to score the winning goal in the FIFA U20 World Cup tournament championship match, additionally receiving the Silver Ball and the Bronze Shoe tournament awards.
Also under the tutelage of Zwaschka, current Bulldog standout, Vanessa Gonzales, was named to the Region IV U20 Team in 2009 which helps put her on the radar for future National selection events.
Before Cal, Zwaschka was an assistant coach at Texas Tech from 2005-07. In 2006, he helped the Red Raiders build formidably to be voted the third most improved NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer team in the nation.
Prior to his move to Texas, Zwaschka was an assistant at Grand View University, a NAIA program in Des Moines, Iowa. In two seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Zwaschka helped the Vikings to the national tournament for the second time in program history, a No. 11 national ranking for the first time in program history, and two conference championships. Before working at Grand View, Zwaschka was an assistant coach at Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Under his guidance, Dowling claimed the 2000 conference title.
Zwaschka also boasts successful club head coaching experience with the Iowa United Soccer Club and the Waukee Soccer Club. He led his Iowa United boys team to a state championship in 1998 and the Waukee boys team to a gold medal at the Iowa Games in 1995.
Currently, Zwaschka is also an assistant coach with the Cal North Olympic Development Program 93 Girls team and is a staff coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program which both involve preparation and selection of girls with aspirations to advance to the Girls' and Women's National Teams.
Zwaschka has extensive soccer playing experience as he played for Grand View from 1990-92, earning NAIA All-American and District 15 Player of the Year honors. After playing collegiately, his professional playing career spanned six years including time with the USL's Des Moines Menace and the Connecticut Wolves, formerly of the A-League level.
In addition to the domestic game, Zwaschka gained four years of significant experience abroad, playing a season each in Scotland and England, and two seasons in France.
Coach Zwaschka's passion for learning the game has led to his love for collecting and developing unique training methods in on-field team, group, and individual training, as well as soccer-specific physical development methods.
Zwaschka holds coaching certifications domestically with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and is a member of both coaching organizations. He has also earned international coaching certification from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Zwaschka and his wife, Sara, have three sons, Lochan (10), Jagozar (6) and Toban (2) and a daughter, Bria (9). They reside in Clovis, California.