CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
The Capilano University Blues were big winners at the 18th annual North Shore Sports Awards on Tuesday night, as CapU was recognized for both recent and long-standing success across the North Shore sports community.
The Capilano men’s soccer team received more accolades for their successful 2016 season, winning Team of the Year. The Blues went unbeaten in the regular season (10-0-2) to finish atop the PACWEST standings, scoring 34 goals and allowing just six. They continued their dominant play in the postseason to take home their second-straight gold medal at the PACWEST Provincial championships and a bronze medal at the CCAA Nationals in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Capilano men’s soccer head coach Paul Dailly added more hardware to his trophy case, winning Coach of the Year after already taking home PACWEST and CCAA Coach of the Year honours earlier this season. In his 14th season at Capilano, Dailly led his team to their second-straight PACWEST gold medal, and the sixth during his tenure. The bronze medal at Nationals also comes a year after claiming silver at the CCAA tournament. Dailly also was named top coach at the North Shore Sports Awards back in 2004.
“Blues Athletics is proud of the achievements of the men’s soccer program," said Milt Williams, CapU Manager of Athletics. "We also take pride in recognizing the work of Paul Dailly the excellent coaching skills he has provided to the Blues program.”
Former coach and former CapU Athletic Director Joe Iacobellis was also honoured at the event with a Lifetime Contribution to Sport award. Iacobellis started at Capilano in 1977 as a coach for both the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams – winning nine provincial titles with his soccer teams and two with volleyball. As head coach of the men’s soccer team he also won three CCAA National titles and was named CCAA Coach of the Year once and BCCAA Coach of the Year twice. Iacobellis then became CapU Athletic Director in 1992 - a post that he held for 22 years.
“As a part of the historical perspective of the Blues program, Joe Iacobellis is well deserving of his Life Time Achievement award for his excellence in coaching. As a Blues alumni member, we are honoured to have him recognized for his life’s work,” said Williams.