Alan Berrios promoted to head women’s soccer coach

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Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow officially announced Alan Berrios as NAU’s next head women’s soccer coach. This comes after one of the most successful NAU soccer seasons in recent memory. The Lumberjacks won both the Big Sky Regular season title as well as the Big Sky Soccer tournament with Berrios at the helm.

Berrios took over as head coach after previous head coach Kylie Louw was put on administrative leave in late September. NAU sat at a 1-4-2 record to start the season with Louw coaching, but after Berrios took over, the Lumberjacks turned a gear, winning six of their final nine games. 

All six of the games they won came in conference play, and this led to the Lumberjacks having their best conference record since 2014; at 7-1. Six players made all-conference teams after this dramatic turnaround.

This record was good enough to clinch the Big Sky regular season title and take the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. By winning the regular season title, NAU will host the conference tournament next season. Berrios became the first NAU coach to win conference coach of the year since Andre Luciano won it in the 2008-2009 season. 

His success continued into the Big Sky Soccer tournament with a semifinal win against Weber State in penalty kicks, 4-2. The Wildcats were the only team the Lumberjacks lost to in conference play. 

This win moved NAU into the championship match against the Idaho Vandals. This was another defensive game that went to a penalty kick shootout that the Lumberjacks won, 4-3. This was the Lumberjacks first tournament championship since 2014, which was also the last time they made the NCAA tournament.

NAU’s time in the NCAA tourney was short-lived, however, because they drew now-champion No. 1 seeded UCLA Bruins. The Lumberjacks fell 4-1 in that game, but it did not mull Berrios’ success one bit.

"It is an absolute honor to be named the next head coach at Northern Arizona University,” Berrios said. “I want to thank Northern Arizona University President Jose Luis Cruz Rivera, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow, Deputy Athletic Director Uri Farkas, and Senior Associate Athletic Director Syed Moinuddin for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the NAU Women's Soccer program. It is a privilege to be part of an institution and program that is committed to excellence both on and off the field.”

Berrios will look to continue this success with a team filled with new additions, all in hopes of winning the Big Sky tournament in front of the hometown fans.

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