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West Region top coach honor for Yavapai's Pantalione

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Mike Pantalione coaches Avery Hardie-Jordan back on Nov. 9, 2013, at Ken Lindley Field during the West District Championship against Otero College.  The win over Otero was Pantalione’s 535th, which set the all-time NJCAA career coaching milestone.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Mike Pantalione coaches Avery Hardie-Jordan back on Nov. 9, 2013, at Ken Lindley Field during the West District Championship against Otero College. The win over Otero was Pantalione’s 535th, which set the all-time NJCAA career coaching milestone.

After a memorable season, and in particular postseason, Yavapai College men's soccer coach Mike Pantalione on Friday was named the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) West Region Coach of the Year.

It's the 15th time since 1990 that the founder of the Roughrider program has won the award. He is also one of four finalists for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year honor, an award he has received five times.

Pantalione (535-46-24 all-time record) completed his 25th season at Yavapai this past fall, guiding the Roughriders to an NJCAA Region 1 title and West District championship, capping the 2013 season with a third place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament this past month.

Individually, Pantalione this season also became the all-time career leader in victories in NJCAA soccer history. With a win over Otero (Colo.) in the West Region title game Nov. 9 at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott, Pantalione clinched the milestone win No. 535.

All region Coach of the Year honorees will be presented their award on Jan. 17 at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the NSCAA convention in Philadelphia, where Pantalione first began playing the sport as a youth.

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world's largest soccer coaches' organization that serves members at every level of the game.

In 1995, Pantalione was selected as the recipient of the same NSCAA and National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association National Merit Honor awarded to one college coach (2-year or 4-year, men's or women's) whose reputation is recognized as praiseworthy, and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior.

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