Roanoke's Scott Allison retires
Roanoke men's head soccer coach Scott Allison has announced that he will retire as a coach at Roanoke at the conclusion of the 2012 season. A national search for the next men's soccer head coach will begin in November headed by Allison, who will remain on staff as the college's director of athletics, a position he has held since 1989.
The final home men's soccer match of the regular season will be held at Kerr Stadium Tuesday at 7 p.m. vs. Emory & Henry. With a win, the Maroons will clinch the regular season conference championship and will earn home field advantage throughout the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament. The ODAC Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal round matches on Saturday, Oct. 27.
“I will always cherish the special relationships that Roanoke College Soccer afforded me,” Allison said. “The guys that chose to attend Roanoke College and play college soccer for me have enriched my life. Any success we've had at Roanoke, I credit them - I enjoyed being along for the ride."
Throughout his career, Allison has been able to get the most out of his players. He has produced six NSCAA All-Americans, six ODAC Players of the Year and four ODAC Rookies of the Year. "I appreciate my coaching colleagues as well. They helped make the coaching profession enjoyable. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to coach at Roanoke College."
Allison's 158 conference wins are the most in the 37-year history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). He is one of only 36 coaches in NCAA Division III men's soccer history with 300 wins, and ranks 22nd amongst active NCAA Division III coaches.
"Scott's accomplishments as a soccer coach and athletic director are legendary at Roanoke, in ODAC, and in the NCAA,” said Roanoke president Mike Maxey. “I am grateful for his influence on the student athletes that he has coached and mentored. He has taught them to be better athletes and better men. His contributions are incredible.
Allison came back to his alma mater in the summer of 1986 after serving as a soccer and lacrosse coach at Ivy League member Dartmouth (1983-86). The 1991 Roanoke College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee also held stints at the Naval Academy (1981-83) and Salisbury State (1979-81). He was a starter on the Maroons' 1978 men's lacrosse national championship team.
Allison will continue to lead Roanoke's athletics department as athletic director. “We will miss his coaching but are thrilled about his impending works as full-time athletic director,” said Maxey. “The college and all of our athletic programs will benefit from his commitment as AD for the Maroons.
Since becoming Roanoke's athletics director in the fall of 1989, the Maroons' athletic teams have enjoyed remarkable success. The Maroons have made 66 trips to the NCAA postseason and have claimed 62 ODAC crowns.
Allison, also the 1979 Roanoke College Male Athlete of
the Year, has accumulated over 60 percent of the men's
soccer match victories. His teams have won seven of the
eight ODAC Championships (1988, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2004,
2007) and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times
(1993, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007). He also led the Maroons to nine
regular season conference championships. With a win on
Tuesday, he can make it to No. 10.
Allison, an NSCAA All-South Region player for the Maroons, was voted ODAC Coach of the Year on six occasions (1988, 1993, 2001,2002, 2004, 2008), VaSID State College Division Coach of the Year four times (1993, 2001, 2002, 2004) and named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 1993.
The 1993 team was Allison's best season with the Maroons. The team set school records in wins (20), best record (20-4), best finish in the post-season and had a NSCAA National Player of the Year in Dustin Fonder '94. The team was a national quarterfinalist, falling to the eventual national champion University of California, San Diego in four overtimes.