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National coaches association honors Yavapai College soccer's Pantalione

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai College’s Mike Pantalione, left, pictured with associate coach Hugh Bell back on Sept. 1, 2014, in Prescott Valley, was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Yavapai College’s Mike Pantalione, left, pictured with associate coach Hugh Bell back on Sept. 1, 2014, in Prescott Valley, was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Yavapai College head soccer coach Mike Pantalione received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Letter of Commendation at the annual convention in Philadelphia this past weekend.

The award is presented to recognize an NSCAA member for unusual achievement that clearly exceeds performance requirements, expectations and contributions beneficial to the NSCAA and soccer in the United States.

Pantalione is entering his 27th season in 2015 as Yavapai's first and only head soccer coach, and is a 38-year member of the coaches association. He currently has the best winning percentage of any collegiate men's soccer coach (555-47-26/.904) and is the all-time leader in JUCO wins.

In addition to a number of national committees with which he has been associated over his career, Pantalione enters his 19th year as national chair for both the NSCAA & NJCAA junior college men's Division 1 soccer poll.

This is not the first national award Pantalione has received.

Other national soccer honors include the 1995 NSCAA/NISOA National Merit Award given to a coach whose reputation is recognized as praiseworthy, and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior; 2006 NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee, the first active coach elected; 2012 NJCAA National Service Award given to those who have made significant contributions to junior college athletics; seven-time NJCAA National Soccer Coach of the Year; five-time NSCAA National Soccer Coach of the Year; 1980 National Special Olympics Soccer Coach of the Year selected by Special Olympics, Inc., Washington, D.C.

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