By Yoos, Cam on November 6, 2019.
Sean Carey and the Lethbridge Kodiaks soccer program continues to add to their accolades.
Carey, head coach of the Kodiak men’s and women’s soccer programs, was named Canadian Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer coach of the year Tuesday evening at the CCAA awards banquet in Oshawa, Ont.
Carey guided the men’s team to a 9-1-3 record and a second-place finish in the ACAC south division. It was the second-best regular season in Kodiaks men’s soccer history, and they won the program’s first ACAC championship last month in Edmonton.
“It feels awesome, it really does,” says Carey. “I’m kind of shocked. I wasn’t expecting it because there are a lot of fantastic coaches in our league. It goes not just to me though, it’s my coaching staff, too, and the players on the field, they have to go out there and do the work. In the big picture of things, it’s a collective award for everybody.”
Carey is the first Kodiaks soccer coach to ever win a CCAA coach of the year award. In 2018, Carey was the first person to ever win both ACAC women’s and men’s south division coach of the year honours in the same season. This season, he took it one step further as he was the first person ever named ACAC coach of the year in both the men’s and women’s conferences in the same season.
Carey, in the third season of his dual role as head coach of both the men’s and women’s Kodiaks soccer teams, was also a runner-up for CCAA women’s coach of the year honours.
“A true leader doesn’t create followers – they create more leaders, and Sean exemplifies that spirit,” says Todd Caughlin, manager of Kodiaks Athletics. “Sean has assembled an incredible coaching team to lead both programs, and recognition of this type doesn’t happen without the commitment that group has.”
Also at the CCAA men’s soccer awards banquet, Ben Knight (third year, General Studies, Manchester, England) was named a CCAA All-Canadian. Knight had already been named ACAC player of the year, an ACAC all-conference team and an ACAC championships tournament all-star. A midfielder, Knight captained the Kodiaks this season and was the catalyst of the Kodiaks offence, as he led the league with 12 assists – five more than any other player in the conference – while also adding three goals.
At the CCAA women’s soccer awards banquet in Edmonton, Christine Moser (third year, Massage Therapy, Whitehorse) was also named a CCAA All-Canadian. A central midfielder, Moser was named the ACAC south division player of the year this season and helped lead the Kodiaks to their first division title in 24 years, while scoring five goals and adding three assists. Last year, she was a CCAA Academic All-Canadian and an ACAC all-conference team member.