Champenoy Named World-Herald's Midlands College Men's Coach of the Year
Men's Soccer - Tue, Jun. 20, 2017
By Gene Schinzel - Omaha World-Herald
Aaron Champenoy started 2016 by accepting a coaching position he had long had his eye on.
Then the year kept getting better and better.
Champenoy's first season as Hastings College's men's soccer coach ended with a 1-0 win over Rio Grande (Ohio) in the NAIA title game on Dec. 3, giving the Broncos their second national championship in program history. That also has earned Champenoy The World-Herald's Midlands college men's coach of the year honor.
"I knew this was a special place for college soccer, so I came in with an expectation of success," Champenoy said. "We were expected to be good and compete at a high level, but I don't think anybody, including myself, expected us to go undefeated and win a national championship the very first year."