Dec. 3, 1999
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Tim Vom Steeg, UC Santa Barbara's first year men's soccer coach, has been named 1999 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pacific Division co-Coach of the Year.
Vom Steeg, who came to UCSB after a successful run at Santa Barbara City College, guided the 1999 Gauchos to one of the most stunning turnarounds in NCAA soccer history. After going 2-17-1 in 1998, UCSB went 13-7-0, an improvement of 21 games. In fact, the 13 victories were three more than the team had recorded in the three previous seasons combined and it was the most victories by a UCSB men's soccer team since the 1988 team also produced 13.
In the process of recording 13 wins in 1999, the Gauchos outscored their opponents 33-23 and they posted wins over Cal, San Jose State, UNLV, New Mexico, Cal Poly (twice), UC Irvine, San Diego State and West Virginia. Their seven road wins tied for the second highest total in school history.
This is Vom Steeg's second go-around as a Gaucho. From 1985 through 1988, he was a fullback for UCSB. In 1988, he earned All-Big West honors for the last Gaucho team that recorded 13 wins.
Vom Steeg's award gives UCSB soccer a sweep of Coach of the Year Awards. In November, women's coach Paul Stumpf was selected Big West Coach of the Year.