For the first time in more than 35 years, a Glenbrook North Spartan coach has been named Coach of the Year by IHSA Boys Soccer.
The 2016 Coach of the Year, Paul Vignocchi, has a storied history with soccer, starting his career with the sport at 8 years old. Vignocchi played for four years as a student with the Glenbrook North Spartans and then continued to play four years collegiately at Northern Illinois University.
Vignocchi, who also serves as Assistant Athletic Director, said it was an honor to be nominated and recognized by peers in the high school coaching profession.
“I think it recognizes that our coaching staff at Glenbrook North has put in many hours with our student athletes. Our student athletes work very hard in the classroom and the field to put together one of the best soccer teams in Glenbrook North history,” Vignocchi said. “I’m happy that our kids enjoy playing for this school and hopefully they realize that they've created lifelong friendships and memories.”
Coach Vignocchi’s accomplishment was among several that the Spartan boys soccer team celebrated during a historic evening at the IHSA Soccer Banquet.
Other notable achievements included:
Seth Grossman, senior -- All-American, All-State, All-Sectional, and All-Conference
Timmy Iscra, senior -- All-State, All-Sectional, and All-Conference
Sahil Modi, junior --All-Sectional, All-Conference