John Rootes, men’s soccer head coach, was named NCAA Division II College Coach of the Year by CaptainU, the largest youth and college sports network. Over half a million high school athletes, youth sports events, youth coaches and college coaches use CaptainU to promote themselves and their teams, and to connect with each other.

Top coaches in their respective sports and divisions were chosen for their teams’ inspiring performances both on and off the field.  Sports honored were men’s & women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s & women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s water polo.

A year after finishing as the national runner-up, Rootes guided the Fighting Knights back to the 2012 NCAA Division II national championship where the team won the program’s four national crown and Lynn University’s 20th overall.

“The CaptainU College Coach of the Year awards recognize the top college coaches across the country for their exceptional leadership and accomplishments,” said Avi Stopper, CEO of CaptainU. “It’s inspiring to see the results they achieve – not just in the numbers they put up on the scoreboard, but in their devotion to helping students develop as athletes and human beings.”

In 2012, Rootes’ squad won the NCAA Division II national title, claimed the program’s 10th and school’s 29th Sunshine State Conference crown, earned the top grade point average in the nation among all NCAA men’s soccer Division I, II and III teams, had three All-America selections and saw Martin Wehlert receive the NCAA Division II Elite 89 Award for men’s soccer, the second consecutive year Lynn has garnered this accolade.