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Dr. Thomas Fleck, US Youth Soccer Excellence in Coaching Education Award Recipient Announced

January 21, 2008 09:00 PM
US Youth Soccer announced that James “Jay” Hoffman is the recipient of the Dr. Thomas Fleck, US Youth Soccer Excellence in Coaching Education Award. US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award, "The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award" was 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.

Jay Hoffman will be honored at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, February 8, as part of the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop in Pittsburgh.

For the past 30 years, James “Jay” Hoffman has been a vital asset to US Youth Soccer. During that time, as a USSF Coaching License instructor he helped to co-author the USSF Coaching License Manuals and the USSF Men’s and Women’s National Teams High Performance plans (Project 2010 and Project Gold). Hoffman is an experienced coach at every level: youth, collegiate, professional, Men’s and Women’s National Teams and the Paralympic team.

He currently serves as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region I Boys Head Coach.

“Jay’s passion for developing players and educating coaches is what separates him from most of the coaching community. He was one of the original national staff coaches and he is one of the few of that group that is still currently an active member of the U.S. Soccer instructional staff,” said John Ellinger, the Technical Director of US Youth Soccer. “His tireless worth ethic and passion for teaching the game continues to keep him at the top of the upper echelon of world class coaches in the United States.”

As an involved member of the Virginia Rush Soccer Club, Hoffman has taken an active role as the Director of Academy Coaching and dedicated himself to sharing his knowledge of coaching education and player identification and development.

Hoffman is an educator who has dedicated his life to the good of the game. Since 2003, Hoffman has coached the US Men’s Paralympic Soccer Team and is currently training for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games at Beijing, China.

While with the United States Soccer Federation, Hoffman helped lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to the World Cup gold medal and a Women’s Pan AM gold medal. His dedication to the game has taken him around the world as an inspirational leader.

In 2006, Hoffman was voted the Virginia Youth Soccer Boy’s Coach of the Year. In 2007, he was inducted into the Virginia Youth Soccer Hall of Fame.

Hoffman has also co-authored the USSF Coaching License Manuals and the USSF Project 2010 and Project Gold, the men’s and women’s national team high performance plans.

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

Past winners:
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 or the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop, visit


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