OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton men's soccer assistant coach Johnny Torres has been named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year as voted on by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Torres, who helped lead the Bluejays to a 21-2-1 record and an appearance in the College Cup, is now a finalist for the National Assistant Coach of the Year which will be announced at the NSCAA Awards Banquet in Kansas City on Jan. 13.
Torres not only helped ease the transition to new head coach Elmar Bolowich, but he was serving as an assistant coach for his third head coach in three seasons at Creighton.
Creighton won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles en route to setting an NCAA record for goals against average this season. The Bluejays led the nation with 19 shutouts, a 92.6 save percentage and set an NCAA record with a 0.20 GAA. Creighton's 19 shutouts were just one shy of the NCAA record, while its 21 wins tied NCAA champion North Carolina for the national lead. The Jays put together a record-setting home campaign too, going 14-0-0 in Omaha.
Offensively Creighton ranked 12th in the country with 40 goals scored, paced by MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and first-team All-American Ethan Finlay's 14 goals. Creighton placed five players on the NSCAA All-Midwest Region First-Team and 10 of the Bluejays' 11 starters earned a postseason honor from the MVC.
Torres, an MVC and Creighton Hall of Famer, just completed his fifth season on the Creighton bench, during which time the Bluejays have gone 69-16-15 (.765), won four regular-season MVC titles and advanced to four NCAA tournaments.