INDIANPOLIS, IND. — University of North Carolina women's assistant coach Bill Palladino was named the winner of the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Award as the National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year at the annual convention last weekend of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Palladino, who has served on the UNC staff since 1980, helping Anson Dorrance lead UNC to 22 national championships, did one of the best coaching jobs of his career in leading Carolina's defense to a national championship performance as a rocky start to the 2012 campaign.
With Carolina playing three recruited non-scholarship and walk-on players in the defensive alignment for the last third of the season, the Tar Heels limited NCAA opponents to just five goals in six games and shut out top-ranked Stanford over nearly 110 minutes in the national semifinals.
Palladino has been with the Tar Heel women’s program for 33 years and has played in integral role in the storied program’s success. As the defensive mastermind for UNC, he has helped the team to numerous conference and national titles. This season, UNC won its 22nd national title and kept all opponents to just 17 goals this season. Palladiono coordinated the Carolina defense this season which include a starting group of senior Adelaide Gay in goal as well as sophomores Satara Murray and Caitlin Ball and freshman Hanna Gardner in the flat back three alignment. Other key players who saw significant minutes in the back over the course of the season included senior Amber Brooks, junior Crystal Dunn and freshman Katie Bowen.