After guiding the Gustavus Adolphus men’s soccer team to its most successful season in school history, head coach Larry Zelenz has been named the 2005 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Zelenz guided the Gusties to a 17-3-5 record, a share of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title (7-1-2) and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championships last fall.
Gustavus fell 1-0 in the Championship final to defending national champion Messiah (Pa.) and finished with a No. 2 national ranking by the NSCAA. Zelenz, a four-time MIAC Coach of the Year (1989, 1994, 2000, 2003), is 224-96-39 in 20 seasons at Gustavus Adolphus and has guided six teams to NCAA Tournament berths (1993, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005).