Sam Koch dies of cancer at 59
AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch, who led the Minutemen to a berth in the 2007 College Cup, has died after a two-year battle with sinus cancer.
The university said in a statement that Koch died Sunday at his Hadley home. He was 59.
Koch had a 222-182-45 record in 23 seasons at UMass. He won four regular-season Atlantic 10 Conference titles and two A-10 tournament championships, reaching the NCAA tournament three times.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, who coached at UMass from 1988 to 1996, tweeted his condolences Monday morning.
Sad day for all the UMass family. Soccer coach and my friend Sam Koch passed away last night. He touched so many lives & did it with a smile- John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 21, 2014
I will miss Sam and be praying for him and his family.- John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 21, 2014
In 2007, the unranked Minutemen won four consecutive games, including 2-1 over No. 1 Boston College, to reach the tournament's final four, before losing 1-0 to Ohio State in the semifinals.
Before UMass, Koch was the coach at Stanford from 1984-89, going 58-53-16.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.