ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University head men's soccer coach Mike McGinty has been named the 2012 recipient of the Carl O. Bauer Award, presented by the Missouri Athletic Club.
The award, which was established in 1978, is presented annually to the top amateur sports figure in the St. Louis area. McGinty will receive the honor at the 43rd annual Jack Buck Awards Banquet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. He will be introduced by SLU director of athletics Chris May.
The banquet is open to the public. The event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. Other honorees who will be in attendance include Steven Jackson and Joe Buck. Admission is $125. Please call the MAC at 314-539-4470 for reservations.
McGinty, the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, led the storied Billiken program back to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Saint Louis registered 16 wins this season, the most since the 2001 club posted 18. As the No. 2 seed in the A-10 Tournament, the Billikens won three games in four days to secure their second A-10 title.
The Billikens received the No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, which resulted in a first-round bye. Additional highlights during the 2012 slate include the Billikens entering the national rankings, as well as recording their best RPI ranking ever. In addition, SLU had four victories against ranked foes.
McGinty is the 10th Saint Louis University representative to receive the Carl O. Bauer Award, which is named in honor of the MAC's Athletic Director who brought innovation and inspiration to the Club during his 45 years of service. Former SLU honorees are Anne Kordes (2009), Cheryl Levick (2006), Marque Perry (2003), Doug Woolard (2002), Larry Hughes (1998), Erwin Claggett, Scott Highmark and H Waldman (1995), and Anthony Bonner (1990).