Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s John Basalyga has been
named the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by his peers in the
National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Basalyga led the NKU men's soccer team to its most successful season
in school history, tying a school record for wins and making its
first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Basalyga
was also named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year
for the 2006 season.
Basalyga led the Norse to a school-best 16-3-3 record, a half-game
better than the team's 16-4-2 record in 1995 under John Toebben,
and the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional championship. The
Norse defeated Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, 3-2 in overtime
to take the regional crown. NKU fell to Lincoln Memorial at home
in the national quarterfinals by a 2-1 score to end the season.
Basalyga has compiled a 43-26-10 record since coming to NKU. Prior
to taking the helm at NKU, Basalyga compiled a 325-93-58 record
as boys’ soccer coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati
in 24 years.
He led Turpin to Ohio state championships in 1986, 2000 and 2001,
and his teams produced 22 consecutive winning seasons.
This year’s NKU squad included six All-GLVC members, including
GLVC Freshman of the Year Braden Bishop. Tony Capurro was named
second-team All-GLVC as well as second-team All-American.
Andy Bacon and Dan Impellizzeri were each named second team All-GLVC
as a part of one of the most dominant defenses in the nation. NKU
allowed just 13 goals in 22 games, including 12 shutouts. Goalkeeper
Andy Ortman was named to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region first