MARK BEIGEL, TODD SADLER NAMED CONNECTICUT SPORTS WRITERS' ALLIANCE COACHES OF THE YEAR.
Soccer coaches Mark Beigel and Todd Sadler, who led their respective teams to a second consecutive state championship this past fall — Beigel with the Suffield boys and Sadler with the Northwest Catholic girls — have been selected as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.
Beigel, who was named Coach of the Year in a male sport, and Sadler, the Coach of the Year recipient in a female sport, will be honored at the 72nd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
This year’s Gold Key winners are former NBA player Mike Gminski, E.O. Smith boys soccer coach John Blomstrann, UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens, Staples cross country and track coach John “Laddie” Lawrence and former New Haven College basketball star Gary Liberatore.
Other CSWA award winners previously announced are: Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun, who will receive the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year Award; former Hamden resident Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year Award recipient; and Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome and three-sport standout Casey Pearsall of Wilton, who are the Hal Levy High School Athletes of the Year.
The remaining award winners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mark Beigel guided the Suffield boys soccer team to a 19-1 record in 2012, culminating with a 3-2 overtime victory over top-seeded and previously unbeaten Bacon Academy in the Class M state finals.
The Wildcats not only repeated as Class M champs, but finished 19-1 for the second consecutive year.
What made this year’s championship run even more impressive was the fact Suffield graduated eight starters and 11 dominant seniors in all from its 2011 squad.
This year’s state title was the third under Beigel, who also coached SHS to the Class M crown in 2006.
In addition, the Wildcats captured the North Central Connecticut Conference championship in each of those three seasons. The 2011 team was voted No. 1 overall in the state by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association, while this past season Suffield was No. 1 in the Small School division.
Beigel was also named the NCCC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as the Small School Coach of the Year.
In addition, the 39-year-old Massachusetts native was named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as its Region I Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award.
The 2012 season was Beigel’s 10th as the head boys soccer coach at Suffield, during which time he has compiled a record of 137-44-25, a .757 winning percentage.
Todd Sadler also enjoyed another banner season as head coach of the Northwest Catholic girls soccer team, which, like Suffield, repeated as Class M state champions.
The Indians, who beat St. Joseph 4-1 in the state final, also completed a second consecutive 19-0-1 season, giving them a 38-0-2 mark over the last two years.
Included in that impressive run are back to back Central Connecticut Conference West titles by Northwest Catholic, which went 15-0-1 in league play both years.
Sadler was named the 2011 Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association, while the Indians were selected as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association/U.S. Marines Team of the Year each of the last two seasons.
Like Beigel in boys soccer, Sadler was named the Region I Coach of the Year in girls soccer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was also a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award.
In fact, both Sadler and Beigel attended the awards banquet at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis last weekend.
In six seasons as head girls soccer coach at Northwest Catholic, Sadler, who also won a Class M state co-championship in 2009, has a career record of 94-16-4 for a .855 winning percentage.