Conference USA is celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2004-05 season. In conjunction, the league is naming a Team of the Decade for each of the conference’s 19 sports. Men’s Soccer is the latest sport to have its All-Decade team released and the squad is led by former USF star Jeff Cunningham, who was named the Player of the Decade. The Men’s Soccer Coach of the Decade award was shared by Charlotte’s John Tart and UAB’s Mike Getman, both of whom have coached since the league’s inaugural season in 1995. Voting on the All-Decade awards was done by each of the league’s current Men’s Soccer coaches.
Saint Louis, which won at least a share of six regular season championships, produced half of the All-Decade team, with five Billikens earning a spot on the 10-member squad. Charlotte, Louisville, Memphis, USF and UAB each placed one athlete on the team.
C-USA MEN’S SOCCER ALL-DECADE TEAM
Jeff Cunningham, USF (1995-97) – PLAYER OF THE DECADE A three-time All-Conference selection (1995, 1996, 1997) … 1997 C-USA Player of the Year … Led the Bulls to consecutive C-USA regular season titles (1996, 1997), including the conference tournament title in 1996 … Named Most Valuable Forward in the 1996 C-USA Tournament … A two-time NSCAA All-American (1996, 1997) … Tied for the conference record for assists (4) and is tied for second in goals (4) in a single match … Finished USF career with 41 goals (7th all-time at USF), 36 assists (t-3rd all-time at USF) for 118 points (3rd all-time at USF).
Jon Busch, Charlotte (1995-96) Named first-team NSCAA All-American in 1996...First-team NSCAA All-South region selection in 1996...Led Charlotte to the 1996 College Cup and a school-record 19 wins...Recorded a school and Conference USA record 12 shutouts including two in the NCAA Tournament and a career-low 0.89 goals against average in 1996...Ranks third in C-USA history with a 0.99 career goals against average...Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996...Two-time first team All-Conference USA selection (1995, 1996)...Named Most Outstanding Goalkeeper of 1995 C-USA Tournament...Named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week once in 1996...Two-time C-USA player of the week.
Adrian Cann, Louisville (2000-03) A four-time first team All-Conference USA performer (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)…A two-time Co-Defensive Player of the Year selection (2002, 2003)…Named a second team All-American by College Soccer News and Soccer Times…A three-time Great Lakes Region selection (2000, 2001, 2002)…Helped lead the defense to a school record 10 shutouts in 2000…Finished his career as the most decorated player in school history…Was the 16th pick of the 2003 MLS Draft.
Sean Fraser, Memphis (1998-01) A four-time all-conference performer (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001) … A two-time Soccer America National Team of the Week selection (2001) … Scored a school-record five goals in the Tigers 10-0 shutout of Lipscomb on Nov. 7, 2001 and had 11 points in the game … Second all-time at Memphis with 45 career goals and holds the single-season record with 18 (2001) … Holds the school record in career points with 109.
Brad Davis, Saint Louis (2000-01), Midfielder As a sophomore, was an NSCAA and collegesoccer.com second-team All-American … Was a candidate for the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club’s National Player of the Year award … NSCAA first-team All-Midwest Region selection … Named C-USA first-team All-Conference and Most Valuable Midfielder at the C-USA Tournament … as a freshman, was a Soccer America Freshman All-America … NSCAA All-Midwest Region … Was named C-USA Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference … Most Valuable Midfielder in the C-USA tournament … Stats: 38 games, 38 starts, 21G, 21A, 62 points, 7 GWG.
Vedad Ibisevic, Saint Louis (2003), Forward Was named an NSCAA first-team All-American and first-team All-Midwest Region after finishing as the nation’s leading freshman scorer with 40 points (18G, 4A) … Finished tied for fourth nationally in total points … Soccer America and Soccer Times and national Freshman of the Year … Soccer America MVP and Soccer Times first-team All-America … C-USA Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Conference selection … Set C-USA Tournament records with four goals and nine total points against UAB in the semifinal … Shattered Brian McBride’s SLU freshman records for goals (12) and points (29) set in 1990…Stats: 22 games, 21 starts, 18G, 4A, 40 points, 4 GWG.
Jack Jewsbury, Saint Louis (1999-2002), Forward/Midfielder Finished as SLU’s 10th all-time leading scorer and C-USA’s second all-time scorer with 101 points (38G, 25A) … as a senior, was named C-USA first-team All-Conference and a Verizon third-team Academic All-American … College Soccer News second-team All-America … as a junior, was an NSCAA second-team All-Midwest Region selection and was a C-USA second-team All-Conference selection … as a sophomore, was NSCAA and Soccer America third-team All-America, NSCAA All-Midwest Region, C-USA Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference … as a freshman, was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team and to the NSCAA second-team All-Midwest Region squad … Stats: 80 games, 79 starts, 38G, 25A, 101 points.
Matt McKeon, Saint Louis (1995), Forward/Midfield/Back Played at SLU from 1992-95, but only one season in C-USA …1995 Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year … ISAA Senior Player of the Year … NSCAA first-team All-America … Soccer America first-team All-American … C-USA Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference … C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Forward … C-USA record holder for most assists in a season (20) … Stats: 21 games, 12 starts, 17G, 20A, 54 points, 7 GWG.
Dipsy Selolwane, Saint Louis (2001), Forward Was an NSCAA first-team All-American and first-team All-Midwest Region selection … Was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club’s National Player of the Year award … Collegesoccer.com first-team All-American … A Soccer America MVP …C-USA’s Player of the Year … C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Forward … Tied SMU’s Luchi Gonzalez as the nation’s leading scorer with 54 points (25G, 4A) and led the nation in goals scored … Co-record holder for C-USA most goals in a season … Stats: 20 games, 20 starts, 25G, 4A, 54 points, 11 GWG.
Peter Byaruhanga, UAB (1998-99) Was the Blazers' leading scorer in both 1998 and 1999, including scoring 19 goals in 1999, which is the second-highest total for a single season in school history ... Helped lead UAB to three NCAA Tournament berths, including a trip to the Elite 8 in 1999 ... Added 11 assists in 1999, which is tied for most in a season by a UAB player and owns both the longest single season scoring streak and career scoring streak in NCAA history (14), accomplishing the feat from Sept. 26-Nov. 21, 1999 ... A First-Team All-American in 1999 according to College Soccer Online and an NSCAA First-Team All-Region selection in 1998 ... The 1999 C-USA Player of the Year and Most Valuable Forward in the conference that season ... A two-time All-C-USA selection, the Soccer America MVP in 1999 and an Umbro Select College All-Star in 1999.
C-USA MEN’S SOCCER CO-COACHES OF THE DECADE
John Tart, Charlotte (1995-present) First coach in Conference USA history to guide a team to the Final Four when he guided Charlotte to the 1996 College Cup...Guided the 49ers to two NCAA Tournament appearances...Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1996...Has won 98 games overall and 43 Conference USA games in the last nine plus seasons...Guided the 49ers to two appearances in the Conference USA Tournament championship game...Led the program to the 1996 Conference USA regular season title with seven wins in the league...Under his guidance the 49ers have advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament five times...His first season at Charlotte was Conference USA’s first season of existence.
Mike Getman, UAB (1995-present) Getman has turned the UAB men's soccer program into a national powerhouse during his tenure in Birmingham. In his 13-plus seasons at the helm, Getman has taken the Blazer program to the top of the conference. Getman led UAB to the C-USA regular-season title in both 1995 and 1999, and took the Blazers to the Elite 8 in 1999. The Blazers also advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2001 and have made four trips to the NCAA Tournament. UAB has been nationally ranked for nine-straight seasons, and averaged 13 wins per season entering the 2004 campaign. Getman is the C-USA's winningest coach with 55 victories. He has been named C-USA Coach of the Year three times. His current team is once again gunning for another C-USA title, standing at 7-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the conference.