Dec. 5, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- University of Michigan women's soccer associate head coach Dean Duerst was named Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Thursday (Dec. 5).
Duerst has spent six years as Michigan's associate head coach, helping the U-M defense grow into a national powerhouse. Over the last two years, the defense has allowed just 29 goals in 47 matches, including 25 shutouts. The breakthrough came in 2012, as the U-M defense posted team records for fewest goals allowed (17) and most shutouts (13). The unit was even better this season, as Michigan reset the record for fewest goals allowed (12 goals in 23 matches) while putting up 12 clean sheets, leading to a top-10 national ranking in virtually every defensive category. During that stretch, he helped guide center backs Holly Hein and Shelina Zadorsky to back-to-back All-Big Ten (first team) nods, while Michigan reached the Sweet 16 (2012) and Elite Eight (2013) of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coming to Michigan, Duerst served 13 seasons as head coach at Wisconsin (1994-2006), going 151-105-31 with eight NCAA Tournament appearances, one Big Ten regular-season championship and a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles.
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