Jan. 5, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Twenty collegiate and four interscholastic coaches have been recognized for their contributions to their respective teams and communities with the announcement of the 2011 NSCAA Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Among those 24 honored coaches is fourth-year Lobo assistant Paul Souders, who finished his second season as the Lobos' associate head coach.
This season, Souders helped guide the Lobos to an undefeated 18-0-4 record and a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship. The team made its third Sweet 16 appearance in program history, and has made three NCAA Tournament appearances with Souders in tow. Since he joined the staff in 2008, the Lobos have compiled a 50-19-12 overall record (a .691 winning percentage).
"I am humbled by this recognition and have shared it with [Brandon] Moss and Savva [Biller]," Souders said. "I feel like all of the awards our program has received this postseason is a tribute to the collective effort from both the players and our staff."
A native of Dallas and graduate of Clemson University, Souders spent three seasons prior to coming to New Mexico with the Dayton Flyers and has also played in the United States Olympic Pool for Under-23. He also has coaching experience with the New Mexico State U-16 team, and was a graduate assistant in 2004 at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
Additionally, 24 men's soccer head coaches at NCAA institutions have been recognized by their peers with the announcement of the 2011 NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coaches of the Year. For the second time in his career, Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein was named the Far West Region Coach of the Year upon the conclusion of this season.
Fishbein finished his 19th season as a collegiate soccer head coach and his 10th year at New Mexico in historic fashion. Over the course of their undefeated season, the Lobos set multiple new program records.
The team broke the previous program record for consecutive wins in a single season with 13 straight and set a program record for games unbeaten overall and in a single season. New Mexico surpassed the previous records of 20 games unbeaten over two seasons and 11 games unbeaten in a single season.
Fishbein's Lobos finished their season ranked No. 1 in the country in all three major polls. The team took first place in three tournaments this season, including the TLC Invitational, the University of Akron tournament, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.
Over the course of 10 seasons, Fishbein has led Lobo soccer to dizzying heights, advancing to the NCAA College Cup eight times, including an appearance in the 2005 NCAA Championship game and three Sweet 16 appearances (2004, 2005, 2011).
Four times named the MPSF Coach of the Year, Fishbein has compiled a 137-44-25 overall record as a Division I coach (.729 winning percentage) and a 68-14-9 record in conference play (.819).
Both coaches will be on the ballot for NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year and the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Both of those awards will be announced and presented at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on Jan. 13.