Buffalo, NY - Head coach Jim Hesch of the D'Youville women's soccer team has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Coach of the Year after a second consecutive AMCC semi-final appearance, announced the conference Tuesday.
Hesch led his team to a 5-2-2 conference record and the third seed in the AMCC playoffs in 2018. The Spartans were one of the most dominating defenses in the conference throughout the season with nine goals allowed, including just two in the first eight games. As a team, the Spartans had a shutout in each of their six wins, including playoffs.
The women had a very difficult non-conference schedule but came to life in conference play. They began their AMCC schedule with a 5-0-1 record and an undefeated record in their first six games, outscoring their opponents 9-1.
Hesch took over as the leader of the women's soccer program in 2016 and had 6-9-2 overall record, a 2-6-1 conference record, and two all-conference players. Last season, the women returned to the AMCC playoffs as the fourth seed with a 5-3-1 record and 8-7-1 overall record. The Spartans won their first-round playoff game and advanced to the AMCC semi-finals, taking the eventual conference champions to penalty kicks after a 0-0 double overtime tie. At the end of the season, D'Youville had four all-conference players, including the AMCC Newcomer of the Year.
This season the women were at the top of the conference throughout the season. Their 5-2-2 conference record was third in the conference and the team again advanced past the first round with a 2-0 victory over Franciscan in the quarter-finals. Led by Hesch, the women had the AMCC Defensive Player of the Year and five all-conference players.
As a collegiate player, Hesch won a national championship with Southern Connecticut University in 1990 before transferring to Cortland State, where he played from 1991-93 and was named a first-team All-America. He earned his Bachelors degree in Physical Education in 1994.
Hesch played in the National Professional Indoor Soccer League from 1995-2002, which included a stint with the Buffalo Blizzard from 1999-2000. In 2000, Hesch played in 38 games and tallied 21 goals with 14 assists. He played with the Harrisburg Heat from 1996-99 and was named an NPSL All-Star in the 1997-98 season after posting 119 points, the eighth-best single-season total in Heat history. In 2002, Hesch captured a Major Indoor Soccer League championship as a member of the Philadelphia Kixx, tallying 36 points in 28 games.
All awards and full all-conference teams can be found at the AMCC website.