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The Wisconsin men's soccer team will have a new head coach patrolling the home team bench at the McClimon Complex this fall, after John Trask was hired to take over the program last week.

The man between the benches -- at the scorer's table -- will be the same, however. And, interestingly enough, he has a pretty impressive coaching resume of his own.

Chris Martinelli, the long-time scorekeeper for the UW men's and women's programs, was recently named National Coach of the Year for 2009 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

As the Athletic Communications contact for men's soccer, I know Chris as the guy who makes my life easy with his expansive knowledge of both soccer strategy and the Stat Crew software we use to score games and compile statistics.

A lot of other people know Chris as the head coach of the girls' soccer team at Edgewood High School in Madison, a program he led to its first state championship while posting a 19-4-3 record last fall.

A 1996 UW graduate who works on campus in the Department of Oncology, Martinelli has coached at Edgewood for 14 years and owns a career record of 141-101-3.

Edgewood's title run last season earned him the NSCAA's national award in the High School Girls Private/Parochial category, an honor he accepted two weeks ago at the 2010 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

That honor came on the heels of being named the 2009 Private Schools Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and earning the NSCAA's Midwest Region Coach of the Year award.

As Chris has heard me say a dozen times, I'm no expert when it comes to soccer. What I do know is that, if he is half the coach that he is scorekeeper, this latest NSCAA award is a much-deserved honor.

Congratulations, Chris.

(You can read about Martinelli's reaction to winning the national award at Wisconsin Soccer Central).
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