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Assistant Coach Troy Sauer
Year at Messiah:
Second
Hometown:
Manheim, PA
High school:
Middleburg (1999)
College:
Messiah College (2003)
Family:
Wife (Bethany), daughter (Camryn)
 

Troy Sauer begins his second year as an assistant coach in the 2010 season, serving his alma mater following a stellar playing career.

A 2003 Messiah grad, Sauer was a three-time NCAA All-Region selection, helping the Falcons to a pair of national championships and three Final Four appearances. One of the program’s most skillful wingers, Sauer scored the game-winning goal in Messiah’s 2002 national championship and assisted the game winner in the 2000 title game.

Sauer’s penchant for success did not wane in his first season as an assistant coach, as the Manheim, Pa. native helped guide the Falcons to their NCAA Division III-record seventh national championship in the fall of 2009.

“Troy not only has an intimate knowledge of Messiah men’s soccer, he has a passion and enthusiasm for the program that is contagious,” said Brad McCarty, Messiah head coach, upon Sauer’s hiring. “He brings to the table six years of coaching experience at the high school level, and has been a senior coach at our junior/senior advanced weekend camp for the past three years. Troy has also been an important part of our camps and clinics for the past 10 years and has been critical to their success.”

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Sauer refined his coaching skills on the high school circuit, serving as an assistant coach at Dominion High School (Sterling, Va.) in 2003 and Bermudian Springs High School (York Springs, Pa.) from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, Sauer was named the varsity boys’ soccer coach at nearby Northern High School (Dillsburg, Pa.), leading the Polar Bears to a 16-5 record overall in 2007 while being named the Division Coach of the Year. Under Sauer’s guidance, Northern qualified for the district playoffs in both 2006 and 2007, amassing an overall record of 34-24-1 in his three years at the helm.

A two-time All-State selection at Middleburg High School (Middleburg, Pa.), Sauer was also a three-time all-conference player at Messiah. His 33 career assists stand as third-best all-time in the Messiah record books, while his 93 career points rank 14th in the storied program’s history.

The Sauer-Messiah connection is a family affair, as both of Troy’s older brothers — Chris, a 1996 grad and Jake, a 2000 grad — also suited up for the Falcons. The youngest Sauer spent one year in the USL’s Premier Development League following his collegiate career, playing for the now-defunct Chicago Eagles Select club.

In conjunction with his coaching role at Messiah, Sauer continues to teach seventh grade math at Northern Middle School. Sauer’s wife, Bethany, is an assistant coach for the Messiah women’s soccer program. The couple recently became parents for the first time, as Camryn was born June 3, 2009. The family reside in Mechanicsburg.