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US Youth Soccer adidas Girls’ Coach of the Year to be Announced in Salt Lake City

January 31, 2005 09:00 PM
Regional Winners to be honored at Coach of the Year Dinner

RICHARDSON, TEXAS (February 1, 2005) - US Youth Soccer has announced the four regional recipients of the 2004 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls' Coach of the Year award in preparation for the naming of the 2004 Coach of the Year. Each of the four regional winners will be honored at the 2005 US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year Dinner, held in conjunction with the organization's Workshop and Coaches Convention from February 17-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“These coaches have been recognized for achieving a level of success that is not always measured by trophies,” said David Messersmith, president of US Youth Soccer. “Although most of the nominees have succeeded on the field, they have all helped their players, parents and respective communities through the great sport of youth soccer.”

One of the regional winners will be named the 2004 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls' Coach of the Year at the Coach of the Year dinner on Friday, February 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Convention Center Ballroom of the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center.

The Regional Winners of the 2004 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls' Coaches of the Year are:




State Association

Region I

Jim Kelly


Rhode Island

Region II

David K. Bozdeck

St. Louis


Region III

Kara Slick

Mt. Pleasant

South Carolina

Region IV

Robyn Bretzing



Jim Kelly sees the need for soccer in Rhode Island and has done something about it by founding the Rhode Island Rays United Soccer Club, and by petitioning for the expansion of TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer, a US Youth Soccer program designed to bring soccer to children who have mental or physical disabilities) and Soccer Start (a US Youth Soccer program which brings soccer to children in under served areas). His coaching resume is strong as he has the most wins in Rhode Island Interscholastic Girls Soccer history with a record of 203-43-80. He has coached a team every year for the last 20 years with no end in sight.

A former All-American and alternate for the U.S. Olympic National Team, David K. Bozdeck coaches the 1990 Girls Busch Soccer Club team in Missouri. He believes in every member of the team and devotes time at each practice to maintaining fundamental skills and developing new techniques. Dedication to the community is also important to Bozdeck and his team as they participate yearly in food drives and Multiple Sclerosis Society events to further their social awareness.

Kara Slick has coached the Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club Ice Under-18 Girls for the last 8 years. The team has won 6 US Youth Soccer South Carolina State Championships through her special conditioning and fitness routines, while still maintaining a strong focus on academics and player development beyond the field of play. Slick has been a great role model for her team, teaching them loyalty and commitment by staying with her team when other offers tried to lure her away, and through the presence of family values seen through the building of a family with her husband.

Founder and President of the Celtic Storm Soccer Club, Robyn Bretzing has extensive knowledge of soccer as both a player and coach. A former captain of the Brigham Young University Women's Soccer Team, Bretzing's coaching credentials include the United States Soccer Federation National “B” and Youth Coaching Licenses. She helps all of her players to improve their skills through her extensive knowledge, instilling personal accountability and holding her players to a standard of excellence.

Each of these coaches have committed to continued education and self-sacrifice to give back to the sport they love with the hope that they might enhance one of their players abilities and quality of life. US Youth Soccer and adidas are proud to highlight these US Youth Soccer adidas Regional Coaches of the Year for their time and efforts in contributing to America's youth through the great game of soccer. By promoting teamwork, discipline, fitness and fair play these coaches are making a difference.

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