October 1, 2012
Dominican's Bauman reaches milestone
RIVER FOREST, Ill.—Dominican University head men’s soccer coach Erick Baumann achieved his 300th career coaching victory with the Stars’ win over Marian University on September 29. He is the 37th coach in Division III history to reach the mark.
He entered this season as the NCAA Division III third-winningest active coach, with a record of 293-66-21 and a winning percentage of .799. His Stars team finished 19-3-0 overall last year with a perfect 11-0 record in Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) play. The win over Marian on Saturday improved the Stars record this season to 7-1-1 to bring the coach’s career record to 300-67-22. Under Baumann, the Stars also boast the nation’s longest active conference unbeaten streak, now at 94 games.
Following last season, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized Baumann as the Division III Central Region Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons and the third time in his career at Dominican. The NAC also recognized Baumann as the NAC Coach of the Year in 2011, his 11th Conference Coach of the Year award.
“Erick’s teams and accomplishments continue to be a source of pride for the entire university,” said Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University. “As an alumnus and as a coach, he represents all the best characteristics of a Dominican education—integrity, compassion, high standards and solid values. It proves that these principles lead to unquestioned success, on and off the field.”
In addition to his success as a coach, Baumann took over responsibilities as the director of athletics at Dominican University in summer of 2006. Since then, the department has climbed the ranks of the NAC, with seven of Dominican’s intercollegiate varsity athletic teams having posted NCAA single-season win records during Baumann’s tenure. The department also achieved a record-high 3.1650 cumulative grade point average last fall, marking the 11th consecutive semester the Stars have posted a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.