Chastain NSCAA Regional Coach of Year; Nordness, Godinez All-Region
Dec. 3, 2013
Chastain was selected the NSCAA Regional Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region while Nordness and Godinez were both named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Women's All-Northeast Region Second Team.
The eight regional coaches of the year move into a pool from which the NSCAA National Coach of the Year will be selected. That announcement will come the week of Dec. 16.
The West Regional Coach of the Year was Santa Clara's Jerry Smith. Chastain was Smith's assistant coach before taking over the Blue Demon program in 2007.
In her seventh season, Chastain guided DePaul to a 13-6-2 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament which was the school's first since 2003. The Blue Demons also battled their way to the BIG EAST Championship title game.
DePaul got off to the best start in school history and finished with the top winning percentage in school history. The Blue Demons also recorded the best winning percentage in a BIG EAST season along with a program-best, eight-game undefeated streak.
"That's awesome," said DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno, who attended the BIG EAST title game in Milwaukee and the NCAA opener in Bloomington, Ind. and waved an oversized DePaul flag from the stands. "It has been a thrill watching Erin build our women's soccer program from the foundation level to the NCAA tournament level.
"What is most impressive is the concept that Erin is building a program and not just a team. Watching the competitiveness and togetherness of her team this year has been a joy.
"Here at DePaul, we are blessed to work with so many great coaches in all sports, and it's always exciting when a talented coach gets to see her program reap the NCAA rewards of your labor."
Nordness and Godinez were the cornerstones of the best defense in the BIG EAST as the Blue Demons gave up the fewest goals during the regular season. Godinez was honored as BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year while Nordness was selected All-BIG EAST First Team.
"Kylie played every minute of every game for us this year and proved to be one of the best defenders in our conference," Chastain said. "She is as tough and competitive as they come. I am so proud of her career at DePaul and what she has accomplished.
"Alex had an amazing year. It couldn't have happened to a nicer young woman. She is the definition of a team player, and I am so happy that she was able perform at such a high level for our team all year.
"She is only a sophomore and has even greater things ahead of her---I am sure of it."