article: Are you tough enough?
Basalyga comes into his sixth season as the men’s soccer
head coach at Northern Kentucky University with a 65-28-10
career coaching record.
Basalyga made GLVC history, coaching the Norse to an unprecedented
13-0 conference record, as well
as the school’s second consecutive
Great Lakes Region title. The Norse rattled off 20-straight wins
en route to a 22-2 final record, both school records. The dominating
performance earned Basalyga his second-consecutive GLVC and Great
Lakes Region Coach of the Year awards.
In 2006, Basalyga
led the Norse to their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament,
and won the Great Lakes Region championship
as the No. 2 seed. The squad matched a school record with 16
and posted a NKU-best .795 winning percentage on the year.
2005, Basalyga’s NKU squad pulled off a first-round upset
of third-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside in the opening round of
the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It marked the first time
NKU had won a game in the GLVC Tournament. The Norse, who entered
the GLVC Tournament as the No. 6 seed, finished with an 11-8-2
NKU to one of the nation’s top turnarounds
in 2004, as the Norse posted a 12-6-2 overall record. NKU
in the GLVC. Basalyga’s team also featured 2004 GLVC
Player of the Year Nate Madden.
first season at the helm, Basalyga guided a youthful NKU squad
to a 4-9-3
overall record, including a 2-5-3 mark
in the GLVC.
In his coaching debut at NKU in 2003, Basalyga led his
team to a 4-2 win over NCAA Division II power University of Findlay.
to accepting the NKU job, Basalyga compiled a 325-93-58 record
as boys’ soccer coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati
over the course of 24 years. He led Turpin to Ohio state championships
in 1986, 2000 and 2001, and his teams produced 22 consecutive
He also led
the Spartans to 15 sectional championships and was named the
Ohio High School State Coach of the
a 1973 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He earned
four letters in baseball at Bowling
He also played ice hockey for three years and competed
in soccer at
his wife, Linda, reside in Cincinnati. They have three children.
His daughter, Lindsay Basalyga,
is the women’s soccer
head coach at Eastern Kentucky University.