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2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls and Boys Competitive Coaches of the Year named

February 25, 2010 09:00 PM
 
Ohio North's Keri Sarver and Virginia's Aaron Brunner honored at Awards Gala

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 26, 2010) - The recipients of the 2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Competitive Coach of the Year award for Boys and Girls were announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2010 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The national adidas Competitive Coaches of the Year award winners are Keri Sarver of Akron, Ohio, (Girls) and Aaron Brunner of Woodbridge, Va., (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. Boys and Girls Recreation Coaches of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy 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.
 
Keri Sarver, of Akron, Ohio, teaches her players that they must practice technical aspects, but also master the mental, physical and emotional aspects to achieve success. Her Under-17 Girls Internationals Soccer Club bought into her philosophy, leading them to compete in the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Sarver's coaching resume consists of one national finalist, 13 regional semifinalists and five Ohio North State Championships. A true student of the game, Sarver is a USSF "A" License coach, the first female in Ohio North to achieve this level.

Aaron Brunner, of Woodbridge, Va., has a coaching philosophy that revolves around making the ball every player's favorite toy to empower players with confidence to focus on long-term development. A product of US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and now a USSF "A" License and National Youth License coach, he gives back by coaching for Virginia US Youth Soccer ODP and with Prince William Soccer. While achieving success at the competitive level, he continually reinforces the importance of sportsmanship.

Recipients of the Competitive 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 2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Girls' Competitive Coaches of the Year are:
Region I
David K. Suvak
Winchester
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association
Region II
Keri Sarver*
Akron
Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North
Region III
James Soesbee
Norman
Oklahoma Soccer Association
Region IV
Tom Jaeger
Salem
Oregon Youth Soccer Association

The regional winners of the 2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Boys' Competitive Coaches of the Year are:
Region I
Aaron Brunner*
Woodbridge
Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Region II
John Keating
Omaha
Nebraska State Soccer Association
Region III
Elmar Bolowich
Chapel Hill
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
Region IV
Marco De Oliveira
Normandy Park
Washington Youth Soccer Association
*denotes national US Youth Soccer adidas Competitive 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 Competitive 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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