UNB Varsity Reds head coach Jonathan Crossland has been chosen by his peers as the 2014 AUS coach of the year.
This marks the first time Crossland has been selected as the conference’s top coach since he took over the team’s leadership in 2012. Prior to becoming head coach, he also served as an assistant coach with the men's team from 2005 to 2012.
This year, he guided the CIS No. 8-ranked Varsity Reds to a 10-1-2 regular season record and first place in the AUS standings.
This season marked an impressive turnaround for the squad who just last season, finished in seventh place with a 4-7-2 record.
This will be UNB’s first playoffs appearance since 2011. They secured not only a spot in this year’s championship, but a first-round bye to Saturday’s semifinals. It is the first time in the team's 19-year history that they have finished in first place.
“Jon has quickly turned around our Varsity Reds soccer program with his knowledge, passion, loyalty and his ability to recruit quality student-athletes,” said UNB athletic director John Richard. “He continues to grow as a CIS coach and our team has benefited from that.”
Crossland now becomes the AUS nominee for CIS coach of the year.
The most recent coach from the Atlantic conference to be awarded the national honour was Cape Breton’s Ness Timmons in 2012.