Illinois Youth Soccer has named Mostafa Edders of the Hawks Soccer Club (Hinsdale) 2002 Girls Coach of the Year and Tony Duffy of the Euro West Soccer Club (St. Charles) 2002 Boys Coach of the Year.
A former Moroccan National team player, Mostafa Edders is currently the Director of Coaching for the Hawks Soccer Club in Hinsdale and is an Illinois Youth Soccer State Select ODP Staff Coach. While growing up in Morocco, Mostafa played youth soccer with the Kenitra Athletic Club. He has also played professionally with first division teams in both Morocco and France.
Mostafa inspires his players to be the best they can be. "You really made all of us better players, especially me," said Brad Guzan a member of the 1984 Illinois State Select – ODP team, "I will not let you down and I will continue to work hard and live out my dream to play professional soccer."
Numerous "elite" soccer clubs surround the Hawks Soccer Club and his players have continued to stay with Mostafa, in fact, the Hawks Soccer Club has grown from just four teams four years ago to 18 teams this fall. He provides his players with opportunities to grow in positive ways that become important lessons in dealing with others for the rest of their lives. Mostafa has a lifelong effect on his players and his players truly love him. Mostafa resides in Westmont and has two children: Yassine, 4 years old and Adam, 3 years old.
With five children at home, a wife of 16 years, and a full-time non-soccer job, one would think Tony Duffy has little time to do what he truly loves; however, he finds time and coaches numerous teams with the Euro West Soccer Club in St. Charles. Tony also serves as an Instructor with the Illinois Youth Soccer Coaching Education Program. A former Scotland National Team player and first division professional player in Scotland and Australia; Tony holds national coaching licenses from three national governing bodies; United States, Australia, and Scotland.
With more and more coaches becoming irate on the sidelines and screaming instruction to the players, Tony is a calm soft-spoken role model on the sidelines. He exudes a level of class, dignity, respect, and sensitivity for the game that is rarely seen.
Liz Mehr, 14 year old Euro West player says, "I’ve also realized about Tony that he is extremely generous to anyone he meets. If you ever needed something, you can always count on him to do everything in his power to help you out." She adds, "He is simply the kindest person I ever met."
Tony resides in Roselle with his wife Jackie of 16 years and their five children: Paul, 14 years old; Michael, 12 years old; Maria, 10 years old; Ryan, 7 years old; and Anthony, 3 years old.
Mostafa and Tony will be honored at Illinois Youth Soccer’s annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 14, 2003. Both of them are also under consideration as the 2002 US Youth Soccer Midwest Region Boys and Girls Coach of the Year.
Illinois Youth Soccer is the official representative of US Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation in Illinois. Affiliates of Illinois Youth Soccer provide more than 80,000 youth in Illinois with the opportunity to play soccer, making Illinois Youth Soccer, Illinois’ largest youth sport organization. For more information on Illinois Youth Soccer, go to www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org