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March 25, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer head coach Bob Warming will be inducted to the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Monday, April 11 in Omaha, Neb. Warming, the head coach of Creighton for nearly a decade and a half prior to coming to Happy Valley in 2010, was selected on the basis of his significant contribution to the athletic program at the university.
Warming is just the seventh head coach to earn the honor in the 43-year history of the hall of fame. He joins five of his former players who have been inducted as part of past classes.
In 14 total years as head men's soccer coach at Creighton, served in two different stints (1990-94, 2001-09), Warming led the Bluejays to 190 victories, seven Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, 11 NCAA Championship appearances, and to the 2002 College Cup. His teams proved nearly unbeatable at home, compiling a 107-18-15 record in Omaha. In recognition of his dominance in league play, Warming, a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honoree, was named the MVC All-Centennial Team Coach in 2006.
Warming, the winningest coach in the history of the Creighton program, not only built successful teams on the field, but also assisted with the design, fundraising, and construction management of three collegiate soccer stadiums, including, most recently, the $13 million, 6,000-seat, state-of-the-art Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium. He and his winning teams helped fill the stands at Morrison Stadium, as Creighton led the MVC and ranked in the NCAA top 10 in attendance each of the past seven seasons.
Warming's three-plus decades as a head coach have been marked by distinction, achievement, and success. The six-time finalist for national coach of the year and 2008 winner of the award, according to FieldTurf Tarkett, holds a lofty place in the NCAA record book, ranking fourth among active Division I head coaches and 14th in Division I history with 397 victories. Warming is also one of only two active coaches in Division I to take two different programs to the College Cup.
In his first season in Happy Valley, Warming led the 2010 Nittany Lions to 14 wins, the most since by a PSU team since 2002, a Big Ten Tournament title game appearance, and to the program's first NCAA postseason victory in five years. Penn State boasted one of the nation's most prolific offenses in 2010, totaling 144 points (45 goals, 54 assists) in 23 games, and featured the NCAA leader in goals, assists, and points.