Seattle University announced Tuesday that Pete Fewing has been hired as the head coach of the Redhawk men's soccer program, with the announcement taking place during a press conference at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration.

Fewing was the head coach of the Seattle University men's soccer team from 1988 through the 2005 season, when he accumulated a record of 220-125-26 (.628) during his 18 seasons at the helm. He led Seattle U to the 1997 NAIA National Championship and the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Most recently, Fewing was the head coach of the Kitsap Pumas of the Professional Development League (PDL) in 2010 and 2011, helping the Pumas win the 2011 PDL National Championship. He co-authored the book Coaching Principles for Development of Championship Teams, and he has been an analyst during the television broadcasts of Seattle Sounders FC matches.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to return to Seattle University," Fewing said. "My goal is to build the program to winning conference championships and competing in the NCAA Tournament."

Fewing was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1997 and NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2004. He earned regional coach of the year honors five times and Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) coach of the year recognition three times. He guided the men's soccer program through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, posting a 73-24-3 (.745) record in five seasons at the NCAA Division II level.

"Pete built an athletic program that excelled on the field in competition, in the classroom in academics, and in the community with service. That is the type of program our university, our alumni, and our fans will support, and I look forward to seeing Pete put everything together," Bill Hogan, Seattle U Director of Athletics, said.

The Seattle University men's soccer team will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for the fourth straight season in fall 2012. The MPSF has been the top men's soccer conference in the West over the past two years and featured the number-one team in the country (New Mexico) during the 2011 campaign.

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