Anson Dorrance, men's and women's soccer coach at the University of North Carolina and a two-time winner of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NCAA Division I women's coach of the year award, last night was named the NSCAA's 1987 NCAA Division I men's coach of the year.
Dorrance, who won the women's coach of the year award in 1982 and 1986, becomes the first person to have won NSCAA men's and women's coach of the year awards.
He was honored at the NSCAA's 41st annual awards banquet, the highlight event of the organization's 1988 convention, going on this weekend at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Crystal City.
Dorrance, 36, began coaching the North Carolina men's team in 1976, his first year of law school.
When the school began its women's program in 1979, Dorrance was given added coaching duties and the mission of "keeping both teams regionally competitive.
"But I was still in law school and doing all three was too much, so after my fourth year -- I had been going one course short -- I blew off law school and went into coaching."
Still six courses short of his law degree, Dorrance this fall led the Tar Heels men to their first Atlantic Coast Conference championship and then to the NCAA national tournament semifinals, where they were defeated by eventual national champion Clemson. North Carolina's women's team, meanwhile, won its sixth NCAA title in the seven years the tournament has been held.
"This award really is one for my whole staff," said Dorrance, who, with considerable help from his assistant coaches, has compiled an overall women's record of 127-5-4 and a combined 285-61-24 record in his North Carolina career.