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

February 1, 2005 09:00 PM
Regional Winners to be honored at Coach of the Year Dinner

RICHARDSON, TEXAS (February 2, 2005) - US Youth Soccer has announced the four regional recipients of the 2004 US Youth Soccer adidas Boys’ 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 Boys’ Coach of the Year at the 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 Boys’ Coaches of the Year are:




State Association

Region I

Mark Gorgos


New York West

Region II

Mike Olson

Sioux Falls

South Dakota

Region III

Lane Smith



Region IV

Mehdi Siadat


California North

As the Head Coach and Coordinator of the Under-19 Boys Susquehanna River United Soccer Association Team, Mark Gorgos has brought about new found respect and discipline to the program through promoting a healthy balance of fun and camaraderie. His teams are well known for their competitive and team sportsmanship attitudes. He also spends time volunteering as an unpaid assistant coach with the Susquehanna Valley Varsity Boys Team, in addition to working as a high school referee and as the coordinator for all volunteer referees.

Mike Olson is the Head Coach of the Under-15 Dakota Gold Revolution and the Under-14 Sioux Falls Soccer Advanced Boys Teams. He serves as a volunteer on the Sioux Falls Soccer Association Board of Directors as well as the Sioux Falls Soccer Executive Board. As a member of the Sioux Falls Police Department, Olson is a part of the SWAT team and gives back to the community through his self-proclaimed most rewarding assignment as a School Resource Officer for children in dysfunctional homes.

Lane Smith does it all for the Northeast Jackson Soccer Club (NEJSO) as the Head Coach of the Under-19 Boys Team, the Director of Fields and serving as the 2003-2004 Commissioner for the entire NEJSO Program. Smith, a cancer survivor, maintained his responsibilities on the NEJSO Board and the soccer field while battling through throat cancer. He maintains numerous professional and collegiate soccer relationships and is always willing to go the extra mile to help his players make it to and succeed at the next level.

For more than 20 years Mehdi Siadat has been spending his free time crafting creative practice sessions and inventive game plans as a soccer coach and has actively participated as a player for over 30 years. He currently serves as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Under-17 District II Head Coach, the De Anza Clash Under-17 Girls Head Coach and the Assistant Varsity Coach at Presentation High School in San Jose, California. Known for his extensive understanding of the game, Siadat provides his coaching services free of charge.

Each of these men 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 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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