Back to News NEWS RELEASE: IINDIANA SOCCER ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS AT 2012 ANNUAL GALA January 22, 2013 05:56 PM Indiana Soccer, a member of the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Adult Soccer Association, announced today the winners from its annual awards banquet in downtown Indianapolis. The non-profit organization, which oversees more than 60,000 Hoosier players from 140 soccer clubs, received more than 150 nominations highlighting the state’s leading coaches, referees and volunteers.   "These recognitions not only highlight the technical talent displayed by some of our top members, but those that fully embody the spirit of the game," said Dave Guthrie, executive director of Indiana Soccer. "We’re proud to honor these individuals as they continue to cultivate and mature future leaders using the game of soccer as a tool to do so.” Indiana Soccer had the opportunity to host Lauren Cheney as a special guest speaker for Indiana Soccer’s members to learn more about her professional and personal life. “I am a normal person that has followed my dream,” said Lauren Cheney. “I recommend Indiana Soccer youth players to stay focused, and not to listen to everything people say about you because they sometimes do not know everything… remember to follow your dreams,” said Cheney. Indiana Soccer president, Murray Clark and other members of the board such as treasurer, Joseph Fistrovich, directors, Anthony Zirille, Alan Brown, David Sherman, Moe Merhoff, and new director, A.L. Smith attended the event. “I am very happy to see members of the board being part of this special event for Indiana Soccer. It is important for them to see the wonderful people that make Indiana Soccer, a proud member of US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the world, the most recognized youth soccer organization in the state of Indiana,” said president of Indiana Soccer, Murray Clark. Award Name Club/Location Boys Coach of the Year (Travel) Mike Eggleston Blue River Soccer Assoc. Girls Coach of the Year (Travel) Chris Tillett Hoosier FC Girls Coach of the Year (Recreational) MaryAnn Martin Cutters Soccer Club Boys Coach of the Year (Recreational) Elizabeth Turner Tri-West Soccer Club Club Director of Coaching of the Year Jamie Wood Fishers Soccer Club Volunteer of the Year Millard Graber Goshen Stars Administrator of the Year John Case Westside United Manager of the Year Tina Tamburini Zionsville SC Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer Howard Green Greenfield Area Soccer John Denkmann Referee of the Year Matt McIntyre Newburgh, Ind. Young Male Referee of the Year Collin Luckey Noblesville, Ind. Young Female Referee of the Year Lauren Weigel Noblesville, Ind. James Carson Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Klemens Zembragel President's Award Jim King Evansville Soccer Club President's Award A.L. Smith St. Francis Soccer Club President's Award Curt Albertson Power Soccer Indy President's Award Mark Anderson Westfield Youth Soccer Spirit Award Hope Van Wagner Avon, Ind. Spirit Award Peter Urban Fillmore, Ind. TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Charlie Joyce Greenfield Area Soccer Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Danny Jeftich Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Ron Ray Indiana Soccer invites its members to identify outstanding coaches, players, referees, administrators and volunteers for next year’s awards ceremony so that they can be showcased and appropriately recognized. To see Lauren Cheney's video, please visit the Indiana Soccer Facebook Page at, https://www.facebook.com/IndianaSoccerAssociation. Make sure you like the page to follow what's happening in Indiana Soccer.