Longtime UMass men's soccer coach dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 11:02 am •  Published: July 21, 2014
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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch (coke), who led the Minutemen to a berth in the 2007 NCAA Division 1 College Cup semifinals, has died after a two-year battle with sinus cancer.

The university said in a statement that Koch died Sunday at his Hadley home. He was 59.

Koch had a 222-182-45 record in 23 seasons at UMass, won four regular-season Atlantic 10 titles, two Atlantic 10 tournament titles, and reached the NCAA tournament three times.

In 2007, the unranked Minutemen won four consecutive games, including 2-1 over No. 1 Boston College, to reach the tournament's final four, before losing 1-0 to Ohio State.

Before UMass, Koch was the head coach at Stanford from 1984 to 1989, compiling a 58-53-16 record.

He is survived by his wife and four children.