Men's soccer assistant nominated for AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Men’s soccer assistant coach Ron Smare was honored by AFLAC insurance as a nominee for the AFLAC National Assistant Coaches of the Year Award. The nominees included 524 high school and college assistant coaches who were selected by a panel of judges from Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine.

The criteria in the inaugural AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year program allowed for coaches to win based on longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout their careers.

"No question, Ron has done an outstanding job for the men’s soccer program," said head coach Gary St. Clair. "He shares in the success over the last 12 years as much as anyone. This is an honor that is well deserved."

In his 12 years with the team, Smare has helped coach the Spartans to six winning seasons, including a remarkable 20-1-1 record in the 2000 season. The Spartans have advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice in the last four seasons, with the team’s 1998 appearance the first in over 20 years. Smare earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State in 1977 and earned his master’s degree from Stanford University in 1981.