Topping Named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
 

Sean Topping Muhlenberg men’s soccer head coach Sean Topping was named Mid-Atlantic regional coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Topping coached the Mules to a 15-2-3 record, a Centennial Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA “Sweet 16” in 2014. With a team that was picked sixth in the CC preseason poll after graduating six senior starters from last year’s squad, Topping led Muhlenberg to a 7-1-1 CC record and a second-place finish in the regular season.

The Mules captured their first CC title since 2005 with 1-0 wins against Dickinson and Haverford and earned the right to host NCAA Tournament games for two straight weekends. Muhlenberg advanced past the first weekend with a 4-0 defeat of Baruch and a shootout win against Catholic. In the round of 16, the Mules suffered a 2-0 loss to Tufts, which went on to win the national championship.

Muhlenberg was ranked in the top 10 in Division III in both national polls heading into the NCAA Tournament. The two losses were the fewest in a season for the Mules since 1995.

Topping has the second-most wins in program history with an outstanding career record of 154-69-22 (.673) in 13 seasons. He has been part of all six of Muhlenberg’s CC championships, three as a player (1994-95-97) and three as head coach (2003-05-14). Only one coach in league history has won more titles, and he also ranks second all-time with 75 wins in CC matches.

Topping, the first Mule coach to earn the honor since Jeff Tipping in 1995, will be recognized along with the other regional coaches of the year at the NSCAA National Convention in Philadelphia in January.