First Posted: 11/22/2008 5:22:30 PM | Last Updated: 11/22/2008 5:22:30 PM
POSTED: Saturday, November 22, 2008
LAFAYETTE -- FC Indiana announced Thursday that former Valparaiso University defender and current Wabash College assistant Tyler Pagano has been appointed FC Indiana Academy Coach.
Pagano was a three-year starter at Valparaiso, anchoring a 2007 defense that allowed only 28 goals in 18 total matches -- the third-lowest single season total in school history.
His first career goal proved to be a game-winner in a 3-0 victory against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in 2007. Pagano started all 17 matches as a junior, helping the team to five shutouts over the season.
He earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors in 2005 in addition to being named the team's Most Valuable Player and co-recipient of the Leadership Award. He also was named to the Mid-Con Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and was an Academic All-Conference selection.
Pagano began his collegiate soccer career at the University of Massachusetts, playing in 23 matches before transferring to Valparaiso. He currently holds a "D" national coaching license.
Pagano played high school soccer at Mundelein High School in Illinois where he served as team captain his senior season. A three-time All-North Suburban Conference pick and All-Sectional Team selection in 2001 and 2002, he scored 25 goals and posted 15 assists his senior season.
“Tyler has had a tremendous college playing career and now has expressed a strong desire to pursue a career in coaching,” said FC Indiana director of coaching Shek Borkowski. “I believe his background and his desire make him a perfect fit in our organization. Tyler will be working with our high school age boys teams and his college coaching experience will benefit our players.”