UNCW’s Cairney headlines All-CAA selections as Coach of the Year

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After leading UNCW to a record-setting season, Head Coach Paul Cairney has been named 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in a vote among the league’s head coaches.

In addition, six student-athletes earned All-CAA notice as the conference announced its annual awards prior to the CAA semifinals. Seniors Maddie McCormick, Stephanie Bronson and Morgan Leyble  earned spots on the All-CAA First Team and senior Katrina Guillou received Second Team notice.

Junior goalkeeper  Carolyn Huddy was named to the All-CAA Third Team, while senior Karissa Smith earned All-Academic Team recognition.

Paul Cairney was honored this week as CAA Coach of the Year. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Paul Cairney was honored this week as CAA Coach of the Year. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

Cairney, who earned Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career, has guided the Seahawks to a school-record 14 wins this season and a No. 3 seed in this weekend’s tournament. UNCW, which was picked to finish fifth in the CAA, posted a 6-2-1 record in league play, including four shutouts.

While compiling a No. 37 ranking in the latest NCAA RPI report, the Seahawks have also doubled their win total from last year when they were 7-9-2 and finished ninth in the CAA.

In his 20th season as the Seahawks’ leader, the UNCW graduate has guided his teams to a combined 195-176-22 record. He shared the Coach of the Year honor with William & Mary’s John Daly in 2006 and was selected as the league’s top coach in 2008.

The CAA’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 33 points, McCormick earned All-CAA honors for the third time in her career after receiving third team accolades as a freshman and sophomore. She is a two-time CAA Co-Player-of-the-Week selection and has posted four multi-goal games this season, including a three-goal effort in a win over Towson on Oct. 18.

McCormick ranks fourth in school history with 31 goals and 77 points. She has tallied 33 points this season, the third-highest total in school history.

The third-seeded Seahawks (14-5-1) face second-seeded William & Mary in the first semifinal on Friday at Hofstra Soccer Stadium at 4:30 p.m.