TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Mike Bristol was honored as the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday, December 9.
Bristol just wrapped up his sixth season at Florida State, where his primary responsibilities include the training of the goalkeepers and team defense. He took over as the program’s recruiting coordinator in 2012.
The Seminoles are coming off their first national championship after defeating Virginia 1-0 in the finals down in Boca Raton. FSU went through the NCAA Tournament without conceding a goal becoming just the second school in NCAA history (North Carolina in 2003) to perform the feat over a six-game stretch in the postseason.
Florida State finished the year allowing the fewest goals in school history at nine including just two during the ACC regular season. The Seminoles also set school records for shutouts (19), lowest goals against average (0.34), wins (24) and fewest losses (1). FSU ended the season tied for the national lead in shutouts while ranking second in GAA and fourth in shutout percentage (0.731).
Under the direction of Bristol, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cassie Miller had an outstanding first season in goal as she played every minute of FSU’s run to a national title. Miller led the nation in minutes played at 2,375 and finished second in GAA. She also set freshman single-season records at Florida State for wins, GAA and shutouts this year.
FSU’s defensive efforts were also recognized by the ACC in 2014 as Kristin Grubka was named the Defensive Player of the Year. It marked the second straight year a Seminole student-athlete won the award as Kassey Kallman took home the honors in 2013. This year Grubka was also honored as a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and a first team All-American by the NSCAA.
The Seminoles closed out the season without giving up a goal in 630 consecutive minutes, the third longest streak in school history. FSU allowed just one goal during its 10-game win streak and only three goals over its final 18 matches.
Bristol has earned a level 3 goalkeeping diploma as well as a premier diploma, from the NSCAA. He is also on the NSCAA goalkeeping instructional staff for state and regional diplomas. Bristol earned his national goalkeeping license from USSF.