In the midst of transitioning to the offseason, Megan McCormick received one more, as the women’s head soccer coach was named Regional Coach of the Year.
“Obviously it’s super humbling and… flattering,” said McCormick. “Coaches are nominated and voted on by their peers, and I think that’s what makes it very meaningful.”
McCormick was chosen from the list of coaches from the Great Lakes Region with all coaches from the region voting on what individual should receive the recognition.
In just her second year as DePauw’s head coach, McCormick has helped turn the Tiger’s program around, leading the team to its second NCAC Tournament championship this past fall.
“My assistant (coach) and I both told people this past summer and last spring… that we had a chance to win conference and maybe advance to the tournament,” said McCormick. “I think people just kind of laughed or (went), “oh, that’s nice”. I don’t think they really knew maybe what we knew from the inside.”
While McCormick has been recognized for her contribution, the head coach was quick to give credit to her players for the success that’s come to DePauw women’s soccer.
“I think so much of it is just (having) a great group of women to work with this year,” said McCormick. “A lot of (the team’s improvement) was just shifting some things culturally, finding some leadership and having some players step up in… roles.”
Despite being head coach for only two years, McCormick has been with the program since 2012, when she came on as an assistant coach.
“We wouldn’t have accomplished our goals without her presence and pushing us to where she fully believed she could be,” said Martin. “(Four) years of soccer at DePauw just wouldn’t have been the same without her.”