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Maas, Atoa Reach Milestones as Men’s Soccer, Volleyball Continue to Win

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Yes, this post may be a few days late. However, it is necessary as two coaches, Greg Maas and Sam Atoa, reached coaching milestones over the past weekend.

Men’s soccer picks up 50th win

Maas picked up the 50th win of his career as the UVU men’s soccer coach when the Wolverines beat Cal Baptist, 1-0, on Oct. 5. Let’s consider that for a moment. The UVU men’s soccer program began in 2014. The Wolverines finished their inaugural season 9-7-2.

In 2015, the Wolverines were about 90 seconds from winning their first Western Athletic Conference tournament title.

Greg Maas picked up his 50th win as the head coach of UVU men’s soccer in a 1-0 win over Cal Baptist on Oct. 5, 2018.

Unfortunately, a late call by the official changed the outcome. But the Wolverines finished 2015 with a 14-6-2 record, and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016, the winning trends continued. UVU won 15 matches including a thrilling 2-1 win over 20th-ranked Washington while playing a man down nearly the entire second half. UVU also won the WAC regular season crown and earned the top seed at the WAC Tournament that was played at Clyde Field in Orem. Unfortunately, the season didn’t end the way many hoped as a 1-0 loss to UNLV in the WAC semifinal match ended the season early.

2017 was a mixture of success and disappointment. The Wolverines finished 6-10-2 but had a win over Akron who eventually finished in the Final Four of the College Cup. UVU also swept a California road trip against Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State. But losses in the final two matches of the season, ended the hopes of a run at a WAC Tournament title. 

However, 2018 has been a bounce back season for the Wolverines. UVU is 7-5 and currently riding a four-match win streak. The Wolverines sit in a first place tie in the WAC standings with Air Force. UVU hosts UMKC on Saturday at Clyde Field looking to extend its winning streak.

So, in four and a half years, head coach Greg Maas has accumulated 51 wins, a WAC regular season championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Not bad for the only NCAA Division I men’s soccer program in the state. 

Atoa records 400th victory

UVU volleyball head coach Sam Atoa has been a Wolverine for 20 years now. In that time, Atoa has amassed a record of 400 wins to 230 losses.

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That 400th win came on Oct. 6 when the Wolverines swept GCU in Phoenix. 

According to the UVU press release following the match, Atoa holds a 262-199 record in 16 seasons at the NCAA Division I level and a 138-31 mark during his four seasons of coaching while UVU was still a junior college. Atoa is also Utah Valley’s winningest active coach of any sport, as well as the school’s winningest coach at the NCAA Division I level.

The best season Atoa has had during the Division I era was in 2011. The Wolverine spikers finished 23-9 overall and 9-1 in Great West Conference competition. UVU was the regular season champion but lost to North Dakota in the Great West Conference Championship match. 

UVU is currently 10-9 overall and 2-4 in WAC play. The Wolverines host league-leading UTRGV this evening in the Lockhart Arena. 

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