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US Youth Soccer Announces Regional Administrator of the Year Award Winners

January 22, 2009 09:00 PM

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

US Youth Soccer Announces Regional Administrator of the Year Award Winners

US Youth Soccer honors regional Administrators of the Year
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

FRISCO, Texas (January 23, 2009) - US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year Award. The Administrator of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in administration over a lifetime.
The national Administrator of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop in San Jose, Calif.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:

Region I – Laura Sturdivant – Bear, Del.
Soccer has been a part of Laura Sturdivant's life since her two young boys started playing over 20 years ago. Since then, she has served in various capacities within Delaware Youth Soccer Association and currently serves as secretary. Registering 11,000 players annually, Delaware Youth Soccer is a strictly volunteer run organization where Sturdivant does everything from process player passes and organize meetings to oversee scholarship opportunities and execute successful soccer tournaments at all levels.

Region II – Carol Maas – Dayton, Ohio
Carol Maas has been the state commissioner for Ohio South Youth Soccer Association since 2003, but her involvement in soccer started over 30 years ago when her children became involved. She has served as a coach, referee, administrator, and for four years, as president of Huber Heights Soccer. During the past 25 years, Maas has also served as president for a club she helped to develop, Warrior Soccer Club. For over 18 years, she was a part of Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association and served as registrar and as member of the board of directors. Maas has also taken her passion for soccer to the community and grown the game the by executing and developing several soccer events, demonstrations and new complexes.

Region III – Andre Burger – Charlotte, N.C.
Andre Burger is currently involved with North Carolina Youth Soccer Association where he oversees the US Youth Soccer North Carolina State Cup and serves as secretary for the North Carolina Hall of Fame Committee. Burger helped to found and administrate the US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League and since 2007, he has been the head administrator for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Region III. He is a master at getting others together to work toward a common goal and all with a positive attitude.

Region IV – Gary Martschinske – Camas, Wash.
Gary Martschinske stepped into the soccer community in 1992 when he committed to coaching his son's Under-6 team. Since then, he has held numerous positions within the Camas-Washougal Soccer Club including vice president of competition (1999-2000), club president (2001-2007) and vice president of minis (2008). Martschinske's dedication to the game is shown by improving training for club coaches and managers, introducing TOPSoccer and the installing and developing of new fields. As a part of his efforts to grow the game, he is constantly serving his community within the local school district to provide more opportunities for youth to play.
For more information about the US Youth Soccer's Administrator of the Year award or the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop, visit
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