Jan. 13, 2006
Mission KS – All throughout the 2005 season FSU’s National Coach of the Year Mark Krikorian gave credit to his assistants for the role they played in Florida State’s success. Krikorian assembled a staff of three coaches who all had been head coaches at the collegiate level. The formula paid off in a top five ranking, a College Cup berth and numerous awards including one for assistant coach Mick Statham. The first-year assistant was named South region assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Caches Association of America (NSCAA).
“I think the award is nice but obviously I am accepting this for all of Mark’s (Krikorian) assistants and the entire support staff here at FSU,” said Statham. “To be honest with you I think this is everyone’s award. I know they have to individualize it but so many people played a role in our success.”
“All year long we spoke about this as being a complete team effort and it is nice to see folks recognize that assistant coaches play one heck of a role in a team’s success,” said Krikorian. “Mick, Erica (Walsh) and Lisa (Cole) were all fantastic colleagues through the season. For Mick to be recognized is an honor. He did a great job and continues to do so. It is nice to have the regional assistant coach of the year on your staff.”
This is the first assistant coach award ever won by an FSU soccer staff member and the fifth honor bestowed on Florida State’s soccer staff this postseason. Statham was primarily involved with organizing the Seminole attack, which set a school record with 65 goals. The 2005 Seminoles also established records for points (188), points per game (7.83) and goals per game (2.71). The Seminoles finished the 2005 season ranked 16th in the nation for scoring offense and for the first time in school history FSU had two players with more than 12 goals and three players with nine or more goals.
“There were some good things that went on for us offensively last season,” said Statham. “The good thing was we got goals from a variety of people. That is one of the most pleasing things. We had some different players step up. We scored goals from a variety of different areas and that was very pleasing to the coaches.”
The offensive numbers produced under Statham speak for themselves but the most amazing aspect of the job that the Manchester, England native did was taking an FSU offense with just nine goals returning from the previous year and building into one of the best in college soccer in just one short season. The 2004 Seminoles scored a program low 29 goals and of those 29 goals, players that accounted for 20 of them were not back in 2005. Statham didn’t have his full compliment of offensive players on campus until a few weeks before the season started yet FSU still scored a record number of goals and points.
“With the continuity and development of our play and the attacking with different methods, I think we developed into a very nice team over the course of the season and certainly Mick deserves an awful lot of the credit for that” said Krikorian. “We were an attractive team to watch in my opinion and Mick’s work with the attacking players was a fundamental reason why.”
“At the start of the year I looked at the team record for goals because every year as a competitor you want to set a new mark,” said Statham. “Also the more goals you score the better position you will be in to win games. So it was nice to see that success. The bottom line is the players put the ball in the back of the net. We coach them but at the end of the day it is their job to get it done and they did. Full credit to our players.”
Statham may have been in his first year with Florida State but he came to Tallahassee with 17 years of coaching experience at every level of soccer both in the US and in his native England. Statham has worked with Krikorian previously as a team administrator/assistant coach with the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA. He has been a staff member with the US U-19 Women’s National Team and also has collegiate experience as an assistant with the men’s team at Philadelphia University and as a head coach of the men’s team at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY.