Ranking The Programs: #11

The West Virginia men's soccer team produced a variety of ratings from our panel, which worked out to an 11th place finish in the rating of West Virginia's athletic programs.

WVU's men's soccer program has been very good over the past 6-7 years, but a marked dropoff over the past two sent the team dropping in our rankings. With practice amenities that are inferior to those of the women's team, the men's squad is functioning at something of a disadvantage, but this could be the program that was hurt most by WVU's departure from the Big East. Without a Big 12 identity, the future for this program is somewhat cloudy, as it will have to build its own recognition without a number of marquee opponents to draw upon.

MEN'S SOCCER
PROGRAM
VOTER
RANKING
POINTS
M SOCCER
Greg
9th
8
M SOCCER
Matt
13th
4
M SOCCER
Michael
10th
7
M SOCCER
Kevin
11th
6

Greg Hunter: (9th) Marlon LeBlanc's men's soccer program arguably suffered the most of any Mountaineer intercollegiate athletic team from WVU's move from the Big East to the Big 12. With national powers like Notre Dame, St. John's and Connecticut, the Big East was one of the NCAA's best men's soccer conferences. But the Big 12 doesn't have men's soccer, so West Virginia had to find a new home for its men's program. The Mountaineers landed in the Mid-America Conference, and while the MAC isn't a bad league, especially with Akron at the forefront, it's also not as good as the Big East. WVU's fortunes have started to dwindle as of late as it readies for year three in the MAC. After earning NCAA tournament berths in four of his first six years as West Virginia's head coach, LeBlanc's team have been shut out from the postseason the past two years. WVU finished 7-7-5 in 2013, just its second non-winning season in the past decade.

Matt Keller: (13th) Men's soccer sees head coach Marlon LeBlanc battling recruiting out of Conference USA, while being able to knock off No. 8 Indiana on the way to a 7-7-5 finish off a 9-6-2 mark in 2012. That's a downward trend for the program.

Michael Carvelli: (10th) Moving to the MAC, many expected West Virginia to be able to make a leap and begin to contend with Akron for conference championships. But after two years in a row of staying at home during the NCAA tournament, WVU needs to find a way to get over the hump and make its way into the field this season. The talent is there, with electric playmakers like Andy Bevin and Jamie Merriam leading the way, for WVU to make a move and get back to where it was a few seasons ago when it was ranked in the top 10 and looked to be a true national contender. But improvements must be made quickly.

Kevin Kinder: (11th) With results on a downward trend over the past two seasons, men's soccer has faced adversity in both recruiting and its new conference affiliation in the MAC. It also tends to suffer by comparison to the women's program, which captured WVU's first Big 12 title and perennially advances to the NCAAs. On its own merits, the men have been respectable, but that earns them no more than a bottom of the middle pack rating.

WVU ATHLETIC PROGRAM RANKINGS
PROGRAM
RANKINGS
POINTS
SCORE
M SOCCER
9/13/10/11
25
6.25
W SWIMMING
14/12/12/10
20
5
W TRACK
12/11/13/13
19
4.75
WRESTLING
10/14/14/14
16
4
W ROWING
15/15/16/15
7
1.75
W TENNIS
16/16/15/16
5
1.25

Previous Stories:

Women's Swimming & Diving #12

Women's Track #13

Wrestling #14

Rowing #15

Women's Tennis #16

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