Jan. 24, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico Men’s Soccer Associate Head Coach Paul Souders was named the 2012 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for the NSCAA’s Far West Region. Souders repeats as the NSCAA Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in his fifth season with the Lobos.
“I am humbled to receive this award for a second-straight year. I enjoy the recognition, but I enjoyed working with the staff here even more. Getting to coach alongside Brandon Moss and Savva Biller under Coach Fishbein really means a lot to me. I wish the award could be given to an entire staff because working with the New Mexico staff is so much fun and an honor in itself,” said Associate Head Coach Paul Souders.
Since arriving in Albuquerque, Souders has seen the Lobos go 67-23-13 (.713) in his five seasons. UNM has made the NCAA Tournament four of those five seasons including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 and 2012 Lobos tied the program’s all-time record for most wins in a two-year span with 35.
On the field, he has helped develop four NSCAA All-Americans, 16 Far West All-Region players and 38 All-Conference players in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Off the field, the Lobos have equaled their on-the-field success. The team has earned the NSCAA Academic Team Award four out of Souders’ five seasons. UNM has also fielded six Academic All-Americans and ten Academic All-District award winners.