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US Youth Soccer adidas Girls and Boys Recreation Coaches of the Year Named

March 5, 2009 09:00 PM
 

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

US Youth Soccer adidas Girls and Boys Recreation Coaches of the Year Named

Kansas' Scott Howard and New Jersey's Kristen Saccomano honored at Awards Gala

SAN JOSE, Calif. (March 6, 2009) - The recipients of the 2008 US Youth Soccer adidas Recreation Coach of the Year award for Boys and Girls were announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop at San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. The national Recreation Coaches of the Year award winners are Scott Howard of Topeka, Kan., (Girls) and Kristen Saccomano of Edgewater, N.J., (Boys).

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance. Competitive Coach of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, Male and Female Young Referee of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.

Scott Howard, of Topeka, Kan., coaches Under-7 and Under-8 Girls in the Sunflower Soccer Association. He believes the real winner is the one who tried their hardest, persevered and enjoyed the sport. Howard's innate optimism makes you want to be a better person after spending time with him. He is diplomatic, easygoing, sociable and peaceable. To inspire his players, he organizes a night to watch a local university soccer team play. The team gets to the field early to get first row seats, watch the team warm up and interact with the older players. Howard also serves as treasurer on the board of trustees.

Kristen Saccomano, of Edgewater Park, N.J., teaches and coaches in Camden, N.J., a city that consistently ranks among the top most dangerous cities in the nation. Her team in the Camden Youth Soccer Club provides an outlet for the children where they learn sportsmanship, soccer skills, lessons in friendship, respect and kindness. The children Saccomano coaches exhibit camaraderie and confidence. To improve player development, Saccomano used the information she learned in the National Youth License course to make coaching packets for each age group to provide continuity in training regardless of who is coaching. She also worked on a free soccer camp for children in Camden.

Recipients of the Recreation Coach of the Year awards are selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors on the basis of sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and community involvement (citizenship).

The regional winners of the 2008 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls' Recreation Coaches of the Year are:

Region I
Tom Garbowski
Wilmington
Delaware Youth Soccer Association
Region II
Scott Howard*
Topeka
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
Region III
Ken Hays
Cary
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
Region IV
Kurt Grevstad
Seattle
Washington State Youth Soccer Association

The regional winners of the 2008 US Youth Soccer adidas Boys' Recreation Coaches of the Year are:

Region I
Kristen Saccomano*
Edgewater
New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association
Region II
Michael Zovistoski
Mundelein
Illinois Youth Soccer Association
Region III
Carlos Goncalves
Niceville
Florida Youth Soccer Association
Region IV
Shirley Thompson
Tracy
California Youth Soccer Association - North

*denotes national US Youth Soccer adidas Recreation Coach of the Year

For bios on each of the regional award winners, click here.

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 Recreation 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.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to USYouthSoccer.org/workshop/galaawards.

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer -The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

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