Women's Soccer Coach wins National Championship as Coach of the Year
Windsor, Ontario - Prior to the National Championship for Women's Soccer the CCAA doled out its annual awards. At Tuesday's CCAA Women's Championship Banquet hosted by Fleming College in Peterborough St. Clair Head Coach Steve Vagnini was named the CCAA Coach of the Year. Vagnini had been named the OCAA Coach of the Year for the second year in a row at the provincial championships two weeks ago. Vagnini was present at the banquet to accept the award.

This past season Vagnini helped lead the Saints to a regular season record of 9-1 and a tie for first place in the OCAA West Division. In the playoffs St. Clair had a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. The only loss came at the hands of the Seneca Sting in the OCAA Semi final by a score of 2-1. St. Clair went on to defeat Cambrian College 4-0 to win OCAA Bronze, it's first medal in women's outdoor soccer since 1999. It is only the fourth ever medal won by the women's soccer program at St. Clair. The Saints were also 4-0 in exhibition play leading to an overall record of 16-2.

Vagnini coaching the women's soccer team
St. Clair Head Coach Steve Vagnini was named the CCAA Coach of the Year.

Last year, in his first season as head coach, Vagnini was named OCAA Coach of the Year and led the Saints to a regular season record of 4-2-2. The team did not make the playoffs the previous year, but made the playoffs in his first season and hosted a playoff game for the first time since 1999. The Saints won this match 1-0 over Mohawk College but eventually lost in the OCAA Quarterfinal to Algonquin College in Ottawa by a score of 1-0. The Saints had won 4 games total in their previous 3 seasons. In Vagnini's first season the team's goals for went up from 6 to 18 and goals against went down from 22 to 8.

On top of all of the outdoor soccer success, Vagnini also led the Saints to an OCAA Indoor Soccer Championship last March. It was the first ever gold medal for the Saints program.

Not only did the Saints have team success this past year but also some individual recognition. Marissa Stratis (Windsor) was named West Division Rookie of the Year. Emily Ditty (Tecumseh) was named an OCAA All Star as well as the West Division Defensive Player of the Year. Katrina Arnold (Essex) was name West Division Top Goalkeeper and Robyn Preston (Tecumseh) was named an OCAA All Star.

St. Clair College Vice President Ron Seguin, who oversees the Athletic Department stated, "Steve made an impact from the day he started as our women's soccer coach two years ago. His drive and determination are certainly deserving of national recognition".


Steve Vagnini
St. Clair Head Coach Steve Vagnini was named the CCAA Coach of the Year.
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