The pundits didn't see this season coming from the Earthquakes, but it was no surprise to Frank Yallop. The 'Quakes' leader was awarded his second career MLS Coach of the Year honor Tuesday after leading the San Jose to a 19-9-6 record and first place in the Western Conference.
With 114 regular-season wins, Yallop is now tied for fourth in MLS history with Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, his former assistant in San Jose.
Hes tremendous, club president Dave Kaval said of Yallop. I think Frank is everything you want in a head coach. He interacts real well with the players. Hes great with management. He has this uncanny ability to develop young players, whether it was Landon Donovan 10 years ago or Chris Wondolowski now or Steven Beitashour.
I think thats a real treasure to have someone like that. You really feel it in the actual locker room because everyone feels so connected to him in that way.
Under Yallop in 2012, the Earthquakes won the Supporters Shield, scored 74 goals and won or tied 28 out of 34 regular-season games one year removed from missing the playoffs.
Yallops team, which advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, scored 10 second-half, stoppage-time goals -- six game-winners and three equalizers. The clubs nine regular-season goals in second-half stoppage were an MLS record. Prior to the playoffs, they had 40 goals after the 60th minute and 22 after the 75th minute.
The Earthquakes finished just two points shy of the MLS single-season points record of 68, set by LA Galaxy in 1998.
Theyll do anything for this guy, Kaval said of Yallops players. Hes like a father figure to them. He trusts in people at times when regular folks would probably kick them to the curb. I think he has a long track record of really seeing peoples true capabilities and getting that or even more out of them.
When you look at the success of Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski...everyone...hes all connected to that. Frank got them to believe in themselves and in what were trying to do here with the Quakes. Its just a tremendous accomplishment.
Yallop received a multi-year contract extension in 2011.
San Jose Earthquakes media services contributed to this report.