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Coach Bill Bahr of Tiger women’s soccer receives national honors

Posted: Jan 21, 2013

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2012 Soccer Coach of the Year is the most recent — and one of many — awards that Bill Bahr '96/'02 MBA, head coach for Tiger women’s soccer, has received for 2012.

On Friday, January 18, 2013, after leading the Tiger women’s soccer team through a historic season that culminated with their taking second place in the NAIA national tournament, he received one of the greatest honors of his career. At the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., he was named the 2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year and the NSCAA-NAIA Women's Soccer National Coach of the Year.

“As I sat in the semi-final luncheon and listened to him speak about his program, it was a true example of what we’d like to accomplish throughout our association, through our Live 5 program,” commented Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. “The bonus is that his team is highly competitive and proof to show you can do it the right way and still compete.”

Bahr led the Tigers to a 19-4-1 record, including the program’s first appearance in the NAIA National Championship game. In his 14-year coaching career, he has amassed a 187-105-23 record, ranking him 11th all-time among active NAIA coaches.

“Bill is certainly deserving of being named the NAIA Soccer Coach of the Year,” said Gary Newsome '74, Olivet’s director of athletics. “I believe he got the most out of the young ladies all year long, but especially that final week at the nationals in Orange County, Ala. He is a true motivator, and knows the ins and outs of the game.”

Making 2012 a year to remember for Bahr are these additional awards:
• CCAC Coach of the Year (for the third time)
• North Central Region Co-Coach of the Year (National Christian College Athletic Association)
• NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year
• Faculty Member of the Year (Olivet Nazarene University)

“I am very excited for Coach Bahr. He is so deserving of this award,” said Devin Johnston, a senior and a defender on the team. “We could not have accomplished all that we did this season without him. Before every game, Coach Bahr reminded us that we play for a greater purpose. People noticed a difference in our team at the national tournament, and Coach Bahr was a huge part of that. He has made my soccer career at Olivet one I will never forget.”

“Coach Bahr has shown Meghan how to be a true Champion of Christ. He is a true example of faith and humility, both on and off the field, and we are ever so grateful that he was such an integral part in Meghan's life at ONU,” said Dwayne and Karen Pipal, parents of Meghan Pipal, a senior and a midfielder on the team. “We have been truly blessed to have had Coach Bahr in Meghan's life as a coach, mentor and friend these past four years.”

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