Jan. 23, 2013
STORRS, Conn.– UConn women’s soccer head coach Len Tsantiris was presented with the NSCAA Letter of Commendation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on January 18 at the annual Awards Banquet at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
The NSCAA Letter of Commendation is presented to recognize an NSCAA member for unusual achievement that clearly exceeds performance requirements, expectations or contributions beneficial to the NSCAA or soccer in the United States.
Other recipients included Dr. John Bratcher (Indiana Wesleyan University), Donald Brock (Needham HS, Mass.), Doug Mello (Hendrix College) and Michael Sabatelle (Emory University).
Tsantiris become only the second coach in NCAA women’s soccer history to reach the illustrious milestone of 500 career wins when the Huskies defeated Rutgers on October 12, 2012. In his 32 years at the helm of the Huskies, Tsantiris has registered a 500-171-50 record. He has led the Huskies to 28 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to eight national semifinals and four NCAA Finals. Under Tsantiris, the Huskies have also captured eight BIG EAST regular season titles and two tournament crowns.
His celebrated success has been consistently recognized as the head coach has been named the NSCAA Division I National Coach of the Year in 1997, earned four Northeast Coach of the Year honors ('83, '87, '95, '96), and two BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades ('95, '98). Tsantiris, who played for the UConn men's soccer team from 1973-1976, was recently inducted into the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to women's collegiate soccer.