Tom Anagnost, who has been named the University of Miami's third head women's soccer coach, comes to the Hurricanes after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at Central Michigan University. Over the last three seasons, Anagnost was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year twice and led the Chippewas to the back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths.
The Chippewas experienced two 16-plus win seasons and claimed back-to-back MAC regular season and tournament championships. After only enjoying one season finishing higher than third place in the MAC standings from 1998 through 2007, CMU has done so in each of Anagnost's three seasons at the helm.
Anagnost sports a record of 40-12-7, a .737 winning percentage and his record against MAC foes is an astounding 25-3-5 (.833).
In 2010, Anagnost guided the Chippewas to their second straight regular season MAC championship, becoming one of two schools to win 10 conference games and earn 30 points since the conference went to an 11-game format. The Chippewas continued their dominant play in the conference tournament, winning three games, including the semifinal and championship matches in Toledo, Ohio, to claim its second-straight tournament championship and second-straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Maroon and Gold once again proved to be one of the toughest teams in Division I women's soccer to score on, posting the 12th best goals-against average in the nation, allowing just 0.585 goals per contest. The Chippewas' 16-5-1 record (.750 win percentage) ended the 2010 campaign as the 22nd-best win/tie percentage in the nation.
Under Anagnost, Central Michigan proved its mettle in the 2009 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 upset win of No. 24 Purdue in the first round. The Chippewas' victory over the Boilermakers was the fourth NCAA Tournament win by a MAC school in the league's history and the first since 2003.
Central's 2009 campaign set the gold standard with a 17-4-3 mark, the best in program history. The Chippewas recorded a school-record 18-match unbeaten streak (15-0-3) from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13, before having it snapped by College Cup participant Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
CMU was led by its defense as it finished the season with a school-record 19 shutouts, tied for the most in the country with national champion North Carolina. The Maroon and Gold recorded a 0.64 goals against average (16th in the nation) posted 13 consecutive shutouts from Sept. 11 to Oct. 25, tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. In terms of minutes, CMU went a span of 1238:23 without allowing a goal, nearly doubling the previous school record (669:30). The squad's .792 shutout percentage (19 in 24 matches) is the fifth-best figure recorded in Division I history.
A school-record five players (Chelsi Abbott, Shay Mannino, Stephanie Martin, Valerie Prause and Liesel Toth) earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2009. Mannino was named the MAC's first Defensive Player of the Year after sporting a school-record 0.60 goals against average and 17 solo shutouts. During CMU's record shutout streak, Mannino went 1134:36 without allowing a goal, the third-longest streak ever recorded by a Division I keeper. She was also a Soccer News Net National Player of the Year finalist.
After being named interim head coach on Oct. 15, 2008, Anagnost was announced as the CMU soccer program's third head coach on Jan. 20, 2009.
Anagnost took over as interim head coach seven matches into the 2008 campaign after beginning his second season as an assistant coach. The Maroon and Gold experienced a breakthrough season under Anagnost, finishing second in the Mid-American Conference, the second time in program history the team had finished higher than third. CMU began league play with a seven-match unbeaten streak, the longest in school history, and posted a 6-2-3 mark in the MAC. The streak began with a 3-0 win over Ball State, the soccer program's 100th all-time victory. Central also earned its first postseason victory since 2005 when it defeated Ball State again, 1-0, in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. Anagnost was named MAC Coach of the Year following Central's 12-5-3 season, the third-highest win total in the program's history. After missing the conference tournament in 2007, the team's 2008 turnaround was the nation's 22nd-largest improvement according to Somis Sports.
In 2008, CMU posted the lowest goals-against average in the MAC and finished fourth in the league in scoring. The squad's 0.63 goals-against average was the lowest in program history and the 18th-best figure among all NCAA Division I programs. The Chippewas also posted a school-record 10 shutouts (second most in the MAC). Central's offensive attack featured two players in the top four in scoring and two of the top-four point producers in the conference. Amanda Waugh and Stephanie Martin each earned first-team All-MAC honors after finishing second and fourth, respectively, in goals and points. In addition to the conference accolades, Martin was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-Great Lakes region team.
Three more Chippewas earned second-team All-MAC honors, led by goalkeeper Shay Mannino. Mannino 10 shutouts and a 0.63 goals-against average that ranked 23rd among all NCAA keepers. Defenders Sarah Burns and Liesel Toth were recognized for their shutdown play as they joined Mannino on the postseason squad. Toth was also named to the MAC All-Freshman team along with fellow CMU defender Claire Horton. The honors did not end in the regular season as Valerie Prause and Kristen Pelkki were each placed on the MAC All-Tournament team after helping the Chippewas advance to the semifinal round.
The soccer program maintained its excellence in the classroom under Anagnost as the Chippewas finished with the top grade-point average in the nation for the sixth straight season. CMU was also represented by seven student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC squad while two players received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. In 2009, the program also received the Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award, the most prestigious team award given at CMU, for its work on and off the field. It also claimed the Team Excellence Award, which is given to the CMU team with the highest GPA, for the fifth year in a row.
As an assistant at CMU, Anagnost worked closely with an offense that has finished in the top four of the MAC both of his two years on campus. The Chippewas finished fourth in the MAC in scoring in 2008 after finishing second in 2007. The Maroon and Gold attack boasted two of the league's top-four individual point producers as Waugh finished second in the conference with 22 points while Martin was fourth with 20 points. Martin was named to the National Team of the Week of both Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz for the third consecutive year, the last two with Anagnost on the staff.
Anagnost came to CMU from Flint Powers Catholic High School, where he coached both the girls' and boys' teams for four and a half years. He was also a world history teacher at Powers.
During his time at the helm for Powers, he led the girls' team to two appearances in the state championship game (2003 and 2007) while winning a pair of conference titles. He was a two-time Big Nine Coach of the Year and a six-time honoree as a regional coach of the year for his work with both teams.
Prior to arriving at Powers, Anagnost coached the girls' team at Bay City John Glenn High School (1999-2002) and the boys' team at Saginaw Heritage High School (2000-02). He was named Saginaw Valley League Coach of the Year at Heritage in 2002 after leading his team to the SVL title.
Anagnost played both collegiately and professionally before beginning his coaching career. He was a standout at Kalamazoo College from 1991-94, becoming the first player from the school to be a three-time NCAA Division III All-American. He was named All-Midwest Region and All-MIAA all four years of his career and was the MIAA Most Valuable Player in 1994. Anagnost also was named an Academic All-American twice in his career and was inducted in the Kalamazoo College Hall of Fame in 2006.
After graduating from Kalamazoo with a degree in political science and history in 1995, Anagnost played professionally for the Chicago Power of the National Professional Soccer League in 1995 and for the Michigan Bucks of the United States Indoor Soccer League in 1996. He was named an all-star while with the Bucks.
Anagnost has been actively involved in Michigan's Olympic Development program, serving on the women's ODP staff for the last three years. He also built his reputation as a teacher and coach through his involvement in the Tom Anagnost Soccer Camp, which was the largest one-week soccer camp in the state of Michigan.