Messiah's Scott Frey reaches 300-win plateau
By Phil Naegely and Christan Shirk
|Messiah head coach Scott Frey gives instructions to his
women's team en route to 300 wins.
(Photo courtesy Messiah College Athletics / GoMessiah.com)
Both Messiah College men's and women's soccer programs are no stranger to success, and that is a reflection of their coaching. Wednesday night on Shoemaker Field, named in honor of legendary men's coach Layton Shoemaker who laid the foundation for future men's and women's successes, women's coach Scott Frey won his 300th game for the Falcons. In over fourteen years at Messiah, Frey has amassed a record of 300-17-14. That equates to a .927 winning percentage which is the best all-time among women's coaches across all three NCAA divisions. His 300 wins include five national championships, 13 Commonwealth Conference championships, and ten 20-win seasons. He guided Messiah to a Division III record nine-straight Final Four appearances from 2004 through 2012.
Frey's impressive legacy as a women's coach at Messiah was preceded by a fairly successful stint as a men's soccer coach. At Alma College from 1993 to 1999, Frey compiled an 83-39-10 record (.666) to quickly become the winningest coach in team history, posting five straight winning seasons for a program that had just one winning season prior to his arrival. He lifted the Scots to their only two MIAA titles ('97, '99) and took Alma to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances ('97-'99), including a surprising run to the 1999 Final Four in his final season; Alma hasn't been back in the tournament since.
The NCAA keeps separate coaching records for men's and women's coaching, but Frey's combined men's and women's record of 383-56-24 (.853) over seven years at Alma and 14-plus at Messiah is easily a Top 10 winning percentage for NCAA soccer, regardless of gender or division. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison, but that mark surpasses that of a more renowned former teammate and colleague. David Brandt, who coached the Messiah's men's team to national prominence and six national titles from 1997 to 2008 before moving on to Navy, currently sits 11th all-time for men's coaches with a .807 winning percentage (291-59-28) across 17 years at Messiah and Navy. Brandt and Frey were teammates at Messiah for three years in the early 80's, before sharing five years together as assistants to their former coach Shoemaker ('88-'92) and eventually spending nine overlapping years as men’s and women’s coaches at their alma mater ('00-'08).
Congratulations, Coach Frey, on reaching this 300-win milestone and on a superlative 22 years coaching both men and women in Division III soccer.