KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 5, 2011) - Rollins first-year head coach Alicia Milyak was named the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year, it was announced Saturday.
The 2002 Rollins graduate led the Tars to a 14-3-2 record and second place finish in the Sunshine State Conference (7-1-0) during her first year at the helm. Rollins also made its fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance, falling to Tampa in the second round.
Milyak mentored the 2011 SSC Defensive Player of the Year in goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham and Academic All-America honoree Charlotte Murrell. Both players garnered NSCAA First Team All-South Region accolades.
"It's a huge honor to be named coach of the year in my first season," said Milyak. "It really goes to my coaching staff, we wouldn't have had any success without Andy Varns, Joe Raymond and Jessica Deese. Joe has been instrumental to both the men's and women's programs over the past 20 years and it was great to see Michelle get honored for all of her and Joe's work."
A Rockwood, Pa. native, Milyak served as Rollins' top assistant for six seasons before taking over for Patrick Baker in 2011. She has seen the program through unprecedented success under former coaches Baker and Tony Amato, including its first-two SSC championships and first-four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Milyak enjoyed a hall of fame career on the field for the Tars and stands as the team's all-time leader in goals scored and points. She was twice named All-SSC and All-South Region while also garnering Verizon Academic All-District honors. In 2008 she was inducted into the SSC Hall of Fame.