Maplewood Richmond Heights boys soccer coach Ryan Robertson was named a 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year, the NSCAA announced on Tuesday.
Robertson was named the Fall Central Boys’ Small School Regional Coach of the Year. Robertson has been coaching MRH soccer for three seasons. This year the Blue Devils lost 0-1 to St. Paul Lutheran in the Class 1 final.
Regional and national coaches of the year will be formally acknowledged at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on January 13 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
More on Robertson, from MRH head baseball coach Jonathan Webb :
- Since Ryan took over as head coach in 2014, MRH soccer is 54-24. To get to 54 wins prior to Ryan as head coach, you would have to combine every win between 2006-2013 — and you’d still be one short. For frame of reference, Ryan was a senior in high school in 2006, and was part of that 5-17 team.
- Between 1999-2013, MRH soccer did not finish .500, and had a season high-water mark of 10 wins. He surpassed that total with 12 wins and a .500 record in his first year, and has been 42-12 since.
- MRH is one of only two St. Louis-area boys soccer teams (Ladue is the other) to win 20 games in each of the past two seasons.
- Ryan will be the first to tell you it takes a talented group of athletes to achieve such things, but the one, singular line of demarcation leading to MRH success in soccer was his hiring before the 2014 season.
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) December 13, 2016