Each year, Washington Youth Soccer honors its top achievers in several categories, including Recreational and Competitive Coach of the Year (Boys and Girls), Young Referee of the Year (Male and Female), Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year. These award winners are nominated by parents, coaches, administrators and others in their community, in appreciation of their ongoing commitment and dedication to growing the game of soccer in Washington state. They truly represent the best of the best in Washington, and are recognized as such each year at the Annual Awards Reception, held in July.
In addition to winning state-level honors, winners’ names are submitted to Region IV for consideration — alongside the state-level winners from the other 13 states that comprise Region IV — for Region IV of the Year awards, announced in November.
This year, Washington Youth Soccer was privileged to have three of its state-level winners recognized as the best in their field in all of Region IV — Jessica Costello, of Blackhills FC, was named Region IV Girls Competitive Coach of the Year; Angela Huber, of Tumwater Soccer Club, was named Region IV Girls Recreation Coach of the Year; and Stephanie Koerner, of Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association, was named Region IV Administrator of the Year. This is an outstanding accomplishment for each of these three individuals, and a proud day for the state, to have so many of our own recognized as the best in all of Region IV.
These individuals will now be considered for the US Youth Soccer national award and are invited to the US Youth Soccer Gala on January 15, 2016 in Baltimore at the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention. Congratulations and good luck to Jessica Costello, Angela Huber, and Stephanie Koerner!
JESSICA COSTELLO - GIRLS COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR
Jessica has been a longtime member of the soccer community, starting out as a player and referee, before becoming a youth and Community College coach. Parents say that Jessica has created an atmosphere that provides everything a parent could desire in a competitive youth sports team. She is a role model and sets a great example on and off the field, demands that the players work hard and show progression, affords the players independence to learn and grow from their mistakes, and provides a foundation for the young ladies to appreciate the value of being part of a team and community.
ANGELA HUBER - GIRLS RECREATION COACH
Tumwater Soccer Club
Angela has been playing soccer and coaching for over 18 years, and has always emphasized the importance of having fun and having good sportsmanship. Angela constantly challenges her players, and her skillful coaching helps to develop each individual player to the best of their abilities, while celebrating the team. She helps pass on to her players a love of the game, while making sure that the team always has fun, even as the competitiveness increases.
STEPHANIE KOERNER - ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association
Stephanie Koerner has been involved in youth soccer for over 14 years, holding multiple positions, such as coach, Association Board Member, and District Commissioner. Stephanie has been instrumental in board development for Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association, and continues to work to promote soccer all across Eastern WA in order to grow the beautiful game within the local community.
Visit the Of the Year Awards page to nominate a deserving in the following categories for the 2015/2016 cycle: Recreational and Competitive Coach of the Year (Boys and Girls), Young Referee of the Year (Male and Female), Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year.