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US Youth Soccer Honors David Carr with Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Coaching Education

March 5, 2009 09:00 PM

US Youth Soccer Honors David Carr with Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Coaching Education

West Virginia's David Carr awarded Dr. Thomas Fleck Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. (March 6, 2009) –
Tonight, US Youth Soccer honored Dr. David Carr, of Barboursville, W.V., as the recipient of the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award, US Youth Soccer's Excellence in Coaching Education Award at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Workshop in San Jose, Calif.

The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award is designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has, with integrity, honor, humor and humility, made extensive and far reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Recreation Coach of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year and the Male and Female Young Referee of the Year were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.

In 1978, Carr became part of the US Youth Soccer family when he served as president of the Vermont Youth Soccer Association, a proud member of US Youth Soccer.

After his term as president, Carr moved to West Virginia and became the director of coaching for the West Virginia Youth Soccer Association. During his time as director of coaching, Carr achieved his USSF ""B"" License and he went on to coach at the collegiate level while also coaching youth soccer at both the competitive and recreational levels.

Currently, Carr is the associate professor and coordinator of physical education and coaching education for the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

In 1995, he became a national staff coach for U.S. Soccer, where he provided service as a coaching educator for the National Youth License course that he co-authored with Dr. Thomas Fleck and Dr. Ron Quinn, 2007 Dr. Thomas Fleck Award winner. US Youth Soccer continues to teach the National Youth License throughout the United States. Carr has taught over 25 courses since 1995.

Carr, along with Dr. Thomas Fleck, Dr. Ron Quinn, William Buren and Virgil Stringfield, wrote The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual in 2002. In 2006, the manual was updated. Carr also co-authored Soccer – Mastering the Basic, Personalized Sport Instruction Series in 2000.

Carr also influenced the development and coaching of US Youth Soccer members by co-authoring the youth soccer coaching modules for the Under-6, Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 age groups.

As a frequent speaker at the annual US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop, Carr has made over 25 presentations since 1996 at national workshops and also at US Youth Soccer State Association Workshops.

Future recipients of the "The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award" will be awarded based on merit as determined by the US Youth Soccer State Technical Directors and US Youth Soccer Technical Department when deemed appropriate, but not necessarily on an annual basis.

Past winners:
2008 James "Jay" Hoffman – Virginia Beach, Va.
2007 Dr. Ron Quinn – Cincinnati, Ohio
2006 Dean Conway  - Jamaica Plain, Mass.
2005 Dr. Thomas Fleck - Philadelphia, Penn., Inaugural Recipient

For more information about the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award and the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop and Awards Gala, go to
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