The Wake Forest men's soccer coaching staff of Bobby Muuss, Steve Armas, Dane Brenner and Matt Poplawski was named United Soccer Coaches South Region Staff of the Year.
Jon Bakero was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Politz earned Defensive Player of the Year and Bobby Muuss was picked as Coach of the Year.
Wake Forest men’s soccer coaching staff has been named NSCAA South Region Staff of the Year.
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Steve Armas is in his second season in 2016 as an assistant men's soccer coach at Wake Forest. He was hired by Bobby Muuss as an assists on May 7, 2015. Armas joined the Demon Deacon staff after spending the previous nine years at Campbell University, spending five as the team's head coach from 2010-14.
In his first season with Wake Forest, Armas helped guide the Demon Deacons to one of the best seasons in program history. Overall, the Deacs went 17-3-2 and won the ACC regular-season title for the first time since 2009. Wake Forest went on to earn the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made a run to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Stanford in overtime.
Armas helped guide Jack Harrison to one of the most successful campaigns by a freshman in team history. Harrison scored eight goals and 11 assists for a team-high 27 points. After being named a First Team All-American, MAC Hermann Semifinalist, ACC Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, and NSCAA All-South Region First Team nominee, Harrison went on to be drafted No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. In being selected first overall, Harrison became the first men's soccer player to go No. 1 and just the second Wake Forest athlete all-time to be drafted first (Tim Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs).
Before joining Wake Forest, Armas helped guide the Fighting Camels to three conference championships, the team's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament and a year-end national ranking at the Division I level. In five seasons, Armas amassed a record of 37-46-12.
At Campbell, Armas coached four MLS SuperDraft selections in Mitchell Cardenas (2013, Kansas City Wizards), Travis Golden (2014, D.C. United), Richard Jata (2009, Chicago Fire) and Willy Guadarrama (2007, Kansas City Wizards in MLS Supplemental Draft). More recently, Armas helped the development of Scooter Oliver, Campbell's first-ever Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's soccer in 2013. He also coached Bradley Farias, Campbell's first conference Freshman of the Year award since the 1993 season.
As an assistant at Campbell, Armas helped develop two Atlantic Sun Players of the Year in Vince Petrasso and Richard Jata. He also coached the 2007 A-Sun Freshman of the Year (Josue Soto and the 2007 A-Sun Tournament MVP (Petrasso). His players also earned All-American honors (Jata), freshman All-American honors (Soto) and Academic All-America recognition (Devin Sheppard) as well.
Prior to his arrival at Campbell, Armas spent two years as an assistant coach for both Greensboro College and the Carolina Dynamo of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL).
While at Greensboro, Armas helped the program to a 2005 USA South Conference tournament championship and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance. With the Dynamo, Armas coached some of the best Division I collegiate players in the country, including Wake Forest alumni Sam Cronin, Justin Moose, Jamie Franks, Brian Edwards, Wells Thompson and Michael Lahoud. Each player has gone on to play professionally. His 2006 Dynamo squad included three Hermann Trophy candidates.
A native of Germantown, Maryland, Armas played collegiately at Maryland from 1995-98 and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature. He finished his career with 11 goals and 17 assists and ranks seventh among the school's career assist leaders. He helped lead Maryland to an ACC Tournament title and captained the team to an NCAA College Cup appearance, where Armas was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Armas had an impressive professional career that included stints with various clubs competing in Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League First and Second divisions. Armas played with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL2, where he helped the team capture the Atlantic Division and regular-season championship. Armas spent the 2003 season with the Carolina Dynamo (USL2) where he played 17 games, scored five goals and had 16 assists to help Carolina capture the regular-season championship.
Drafted by the New England Revolution in 1999, Armas played with the Columbus Crew and Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS while playing with USL First division clubs in the Atlanta Silverbacks, Minnesota Thunder and Cincinnati Riverhawks. He played in the U-17 World Cup in Japan and also participated at the U-18, U-20 and U-23 national team levels.
Armas has also been especially active with the youth club community. He coached the '92 Elite team of the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) for two years, which won the NCYSA State cup in 2010 and had a final four appearance in 2011. He also coached the '92 Navy team with Triangle Futbol Club for two years in 2007 and 2008, guiding the group to two final four appearances and one championship in the NCYSA state cup. He also helped the team to two championships at the Jefferson Cup in Richmond, Virginia, and anther appearance in the finals at the esteemed Disney Showcase in Orlando, Florida.
Additionally, Armas spent three years as a head and assistant coach with the North Carolina Olympic Development Program '93 Boys State Team. Armas holds a USSF "A" Coaching License.
Armas and his wife, Sarah, have two sons, James and Alexander.
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