UNCG head men's soccer coach Michael Parker has been named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

In his 21st season as the Spartans' head coach, Parker led UNCG to a No. 1 national ranking, holding the top spot for four consecutive weeks.The Spartans finished as the regular-season champions in the Southern Conference, posting a 19-3-1 record. UNCG advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before falling 1-0 in overtime to UC Santa Barbara.

Earlier, Parker was named Coach of the Year for the first time in the Southern Conference.


THREE WAKE PLAYERS RECOGNIZED: Three Wake Forest men's soccer players - headlined by junior forward Justin Moose - have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-America team. Moose was named to the first team while senior forward Scott Sealy and junior defender Michael Parkhurst were second-team picks.

GREENSBORO ATHLETE CITED: Erin Rothweiler, a sophomore forward on the Spartanburg Methodist women's soccer team, has been named the team's Offensive Player of the Year. Rothweiler attended Western Guilford.


RECRUITING CLASS ANNOUNCED: Ten freshmen and two transfers make up Greensboro College's 2005 recruiting class for softball.

All 10 of the incoming freshmen were all-conference performers in high school. Five recruits were team MVPs, and three were named conference Player of the Year.

The list also includes two players from area high schools: Erica Brown of Randleman and Stacie Patterson of Asheboro. Brown was a News & Record All-Area first-team selection in her junior and senior seasons.

The transfers are Jennifer Sherrill (Black Mountain) and Kristen Slade (Belhaven). Sherrill is a catcher who previously played at Division I Stetson and Brevard Community College. Slade was a standout pitcher at Louisburg College.


LACROSSE OFFICIAL HONORED: Greensboro's Billy Hook is among seven individuals around the nation honored by U.S. Lacrosse and its Youth Council.

Hook is among two to receive awards for contributions to the game. Since moving to Greensboro in 1996, Hook has helped lead growth in youth lacrosse in the Triad. The Triad Youth Lacrosse Association, of which he has been the director of coaching for five years, has more than 450 participants. He has been active at the high school level and serves as an assistant coach at Page.

Hook started the Greensboro Lax Fest, one of the biggest youth tournaments in the Southeast.

The group will be honored in Philadelphia on Jan. 15.

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