Deacons have the ninth best recruiting class in the nation
Vidovich leaves Wake Forest after 21 seasons as head coach
Midfielder from Spain will join the Deacons this fall
Saturday's event will honor Wake Forest's achievements during the 2013-14 season
Ricky Greensfelder scores the game-winner to cap off his first-career three-point night
The Wake Way
Earn the Jersey
Jay Vidovich on the 2013 Schedule
Ross Tomaselli and Jared Watts promote the Wake Forest men's soccer team's matchup against Duke.
Jay Vidovich and Sam Fink Postgame Interview - West Virginia
Wake Forest defeated Louisville 1-0 on Nov. 1, 2014.
Wake Forest men's soccer defeated UConn 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 5, 2014.
The Demon Deacons opened fall practice for the 2014 season on August 13.
Wake Forest defeated Navy 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 24, 2013
Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame - November 2, 2013
Jay Vidovich, one of the top college soccer coaches in the country, wrapped up his 21st season as head coach and 29th year overall at Wake Forest in 2014. The two-time National Coach of the Year and five-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year has developed Wake Forest into one of the top soccer programs in the country, leading the team to four straight College Cups, including the first national championship in program history in 2007.
Wake Forest has reached the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the past 14 seasons, including entering the tournament as the nation's top seed three times. In all, Wake Forest has captured five ACC regular season championships and posted a record of 195-68-38 over the past 14 seasons. Vidovich has been named ACC Coach of the Year five times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009) and was named National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2007 and 2008. Vidovich has an overall record of 272-121-50 in his 21 years.
Vidovich has also proven to be one of the top developers of talent in college soccer, placing numerous players in professional soccer leagues, both in America and overseas. At the start of the 2010 season, a total of 21 former Demon Deacons were playing professionally. Wake Forest has had 27 players taken in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, including 16 players taken in the last four drafts. Of the 27 selections, 11 players have been drafted in the first round, ranking second among all colleges, trailing only UCLA's 14 first round picks. The Demon Deacons set a new MLS SuperDraft record in 2009, with four players (Ike Opara, Zack Schilawski, Corben Bone, Austin da Luz) being selected in the first round, the first time that one college has had four players taken in the first round of a single draft.
Wake Forest continued its run of success in 2009, advancing to the College Cup for the fourth straight season and finishing the year with a 17-4-3 record. The Demon Deacons became just the ninth school in NCAA history to advance to college soccer's final four in four consecutive seasons. Despite losing seven players to the professional ranks following the '08 season, the Deacs reloaded in 2009 and won their second straight ACC regular season title, finishing the conference slate with a 5-2-1 record.
The Deacs were rewarded for their fine season on the field with several individual awards following the 2009 season. Corben Bone was named the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year, while Ike Opara earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. Austin da Luz and Zack Schilawski were each named to the All-ACC first team, while Anthony Arena and Andy Lubahn were members of the All-ACC Freshman Team. Bone, Opara and Schilawski each received All-American accolades after the season. Arena and Lubahn picked up freshman All-American honors.
The Demon Deacons continued to be the dominant program in college soccer during the 2008 season. Wake finished the season with a 21-2-1 record and spent most of the season as the nation's top-ranked team. The team advanced to their third-straight College Cup, becoming just the 12th school in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. Wake Forest finished 7-0-1 in the ACC regular season, earning the school's fourth conference regular season title.
Wake Forest also continued to display an explosive offense in 2008. The Demon Deacons set a new school record for goals in a season with 81, besting the previous record of 70 goals set in 1983. The Deacs only allowed 17 goals in 2008, posting a staggering goal differential of 64 goals.
Numerous individual awards came pouring in for Wake Forest during and after the 2008 season. Marcus Tracy became the first player in school history to win the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, honoring the top individual player in college soccer, while Sam Cronin won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cody Arnoux, Corben Bone, Cronin, Ike Opara and Tracy each earned All-American honors following the season. A total of seven Wake Forest players earned All-ACC honors. Vidovich also earned ACC Coach of the Year accolades for the fourth time in his coaching career.
The 2007 season was a special one for all involved with Wake Forest men's soccer. The team compiled a 22-2-2 record, which ranks as the most wins in program history, and finished second in the ACC with a 6-1-1 mark. Austin da Luz's goal in the third round of the NCAA Tournament vaulted the Deacons to their second consecutive appearance in the College Cup. Wake defeated Virginia Tech 2-0 in the semifinals and Zack Schilawski's goal in the 77th minute sealed the 2-1 win over Ohio State and the program's first national championship. Vidovich was named NSCAA Coach of the Year after the successful season.
Vidovich was also honored with another special award following the season, as he was named a winner of the Chyzowych Achievement Award, named after former Wake Forest coach and Vidovich mentor Walt Chyzowych. Vidovich was an assistant for Chyzowych for eight years before the legendary coach passed away in 1994.
In 2006, Vidovich guided the Deacs through another successful postseason run, finishing conference play as ACC Co-Champions and following with a trip to the NCAA College Cup. The WFU coach was honored by fellow conference coaches for his efforts with the ACC Coach of the Year award for his outstanding leadership.
In 2005, the Demon Deacons went 13-8-2, reached their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and advanced into the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. All of this was accomplished with a squad that was without the services of 2005 MLS draftees Michael Parkhurst, Scott Sealy, James Riley and Amir Lowery. The team featured just one senior in the starting lineup and was a mere 22 seconds from the program's first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2004, the Deacs went 14-5-2 overall and 5-2-0 in the ACC earning the top seed in the 2004 ACC & NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest overcame an early season three-game losing streak to capture its second ACC regular season title in three years.
The Demon Deacons had six players featured on the respective All-ACC squads. Sealy was named Offensive Player of the Year, Parkhurst was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Vidovich was chosen as the Coach of the Year.
Justin Moose, Parkhurst and Sealy were selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-America team. Moose was named to the first team, while Sealy and Parkhurst were each second team selections.
In 2003, the Demon Deacons maintained their reputation as one of the nation's elite programs with another excellent season, finishing 15-5 overall, 4-2 in the ACC and a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest defeated five nationally-ranked opponents during the course of the year including No. 3 North Carolina (4-0), No. 5 St. John's (3-1) and No. 10 UConn (2-0).
William Hesmer and Jeremiah White, both seniors, were named All-Americans and M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Award semifinalists. Hesmer was the program's first-ever NSCAA first team All-American in 2003. White was also selected as the ACC Player of the Year. White became the first Wake Forest player in history to earn the honor and to be selected to the All-ACC first team three straight years.
In 2002, Vidovich guided the Wake Forest soccer program to new heights. For the first time in school history, the Deacons sat atop the national rankings, captured the ACC regular season title, went through the regular season undefeated and earned a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Deacs finished 15-2-4, with losses during the ACC and NCAA tournaments only. Vidovich guided two players, Brian Carroll and Hesmer, to All-America status for the first time and Moose became Wake Forest's first-ever ACC Rookie of the Year.
For his efforts, Vidovich was named ACC Coach of the Year, the first time a Wake Forest coach had earned the honor since 1982, and the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year.
In 2001, Wake Forest finished 13-6-2 and ranked 10th nationally by Soccer America. Vidovich also earned his 78th career victory to become the school's all-time winningest men's soccer coach that season.
He passed the legendary Walt Chyzowych, who is universally recognized as the most influential figure in the development of American soccer. Vidovich served as an assistant coach under Chyzowych, his longtime friend and mentor for eight years at WFU before taking over the reins of the program. Both arrived at Wake Forest in 1986 and shared the sidelines until Chyzowych's death just prior to the 1994 season.
Under Chyzowych's guidance, Vidovich gained experience in the international game as well as at the youth and collegiate levels, helping to develop some of the top young players in the country. Several players whom Vidovich has mentored have gone on to achieve success at the national level, including Neil Covone, who played in the 1990 World Cup, and Craig Conger and Craig Johnson, who were members of the Olympic team.
In 2000, the Demon Deacons posted their 10th straight 10-win season and earned a berth in the ACC Tournament semifinals. One of the wins came at eventual national champion, Connecticut. The first night game in Morrone Stadium history, the Deacons spoiled the party with a 2-1 overtime victory. The team finished with a 10-7-2 mark.
Vidovich guided the 1999 Deacons to one of the best seasons in school history with a 13-3-5 record. The team's .738 winning percentage was a new school record and the team was ranked as high as third. Wake finished third in the regular season ACC standings and reached the ACC Tournament semifinals and advanced to the NCAA Tourney for the second straight season.
In 1998, a young and talented Deacon squad turned in an 11-7-1 campaign and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation.
High points of the season included a 2-1 upset of top-ranked Washington, a 2-1 win over No. 10 South Carolina, a 2-2 tie with No. 4 Virginia and its first NCAA berth since 1991.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Vidovich attended New Canaan High School in Connecticut, where he earned all-state accolades. He then played for Indiana on their nationally-ranked 1978 team before transferring to Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a three-year starter. In 1982, he served as captain while leading OWU to the NCAA semifinals.
In 1982, Vidovich received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan, before proceeding to the University of Denver where he earned a master's degree in sports sciences in 1983.
While a graduate student at Denver, Vidovich began his coaching career as an assistant on the Pioneers' 1982 team, which won the NAIA Division II district and regional championships. Vidovich coached two NAIA All-Americans and six NAIA All-West players on that squad.
In 1983, Vidovich moved on to Regis College. As an assistant, Vidovich again helped a standout team, which included two NAIA All-Americans and three All-West players.
In his final stop before Wake Forest, Vidovich returned to his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan, as an assistant coach. In his two years there, the team posted a combined 30-8-2 record, ranking among the top 10 teams in the nation. Vidovich had another opportunity to work with athletes of national caliber there, coaching three All-Americans and nine All-Mideast players who led the team to two showings in the NCAA Tournament.
Vidovich has been active in a number of youth soccer programs, and a coach on North Carolina's Olympic Development Team staff. His credentials include a USSF "A" license and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Vidovich and his wife, Julie, live with daughters Zoe and Tess and reside in Winston-Salem.