named NSCAA/Adidas New York Region Coach of the Year
has been named the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America
(NSCAA)/ Adidas New York Region Coach of the Year. The award
comes on the heels of his leading Binghamton to its first-ever
America East Conference championship as well as a trip to the
second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"It's nice for Paul to receive this honor,"
Athletic Director Joel Thirer said. "He and his staff (John
Scott and Scott Craig) have done a lot this year to re-establish
our program to among the region's elite."
"It's an honor to be selected for this award by my peers,"
Marco said. "This award is a reflection of not just me,
but the entire coaching staff. I thank Binghamton's administration
for giving me the opportunity to lead this program."
In just his second season at the helm of the Binghamton program,
Marco transformed a team that had won just 12 times over the
previous three years into a squad that finished 12-3-7 and posted
the top-ranked defense in the nation. The Bearcats had been picked
to finish eighth in the 10-team America East Conference this
year, but reeled off a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak
and finished the regular season in second place.
In the post season, Binghamton beat Hartford and Northeastern
to win the America East Conference and followed up with an upset
win over then No. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson in the opening round
of the NCAA Tournament. Although the Bearcats' season would end
against No. 7 St. Louis in the second round, Marco and the Bearcats
were able to force overtime before losing 1-0.
This is the second time in his career that Marco has received
a major coaching honor. In 1999 he was named the Big East Conference
Coach of the Year while coaching at his alma mater, West Virginia.
Marco is now 18-14-8 in his two seasons at Binghamton.