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2010 US Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners announced

January 9, 2011 09:00 PM
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala 
Twitter: @USYouthSoccer, live announcement of national winner

FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 10, 2011) - US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2010 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year awards. The Competitive Coach of the Year is awarded to a competitive coach for both a boys team and a girls team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

The national Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Louisville, Ky.

Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms: 

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners:
Region I – Clyde Watson – Washington, D.C. (Virginia Youth Soccer)
With over 25 years of coaching experience, Clyde Watson supports women's soccer at the youth and professional levels. He is currently the technical director and a coach of the McLean Youth Soccer Club. He has amassed 12 US Youth Soccer Virginia State Championship titles, three US Youth Soccer Region I Championship titles and in 2007 the McLean MPS Freedom won the coveted US Youth Soccer National Championship. Watson holds a USSF "B" License and a National Youth License. He also volunteers training underprivileged children in Washington, D.C., and conducts injury prevention clinics for coaches and players.

Region II – Sarah McNulty – Bismarck, N.D
Sarah McNulty takes her experiences as a former club player to develop Dakota United Soccer Club players as a coach and co-director of coaching. She coached the Under-13 Girls Dakota United team in the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships in 2010. She has been the program director of the Bismarck Indoor Soccer Association since 2005. McNulty is also a North Dakota US Youth Soccer ODP coach and has her USSF "A" License as well as her National Youth License.

Region III – Thomas Bobo – Clinton, Miss.
Thomas Bobo led his Under-15 Brilla FC 95 team from the silver brackets in 2007 to win the 2010 US Youth Soccer Mississippi State Championship three years later. He has also coached state championship teams in the Clinton Soccer Association. As a player, Bobo played US Youth Soccer ODP, was a three time Mississippi State Champion and played in college. Bobo holds his USSF "C" License and National Youth License.

Region IV – Andrew Cuppett – Sandy, Utah
As a Sparta United Soccer Club coach, Andrew Cuppett not only encourages his players to be the best they can be on his teams, but also requests they try out for US Youth Soccer ODP to see the highest side of the game. Cuppett is a USSF "D" License and National Youth License coach. He is also a staff coach for US Youth Soccer ODP and coaches the 98 boys. In addition to coaching competitive teams, he trains Under-6 through Under-10 players at the Sparta Girls Soccer Academy.

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year regional award winners:
Region I - Pete Doneit – Stamford, Conn.
Pete Doneit has coached at the Beachside Soccer Club since 2001. In 2010, his Under-15 Boys team played in the US Youth Soccer Region I Championship finals, missing the opportunity to advance after double overtime with the eventual national champion. His team is currently competing in the US Youth Soccer National League. Doneit is responsible for Beachside's goalkeeping education, development and training. He has led five teams to the US Youth Soccer Connecticut State Championships. He is working on his USSF "A" License and has completed his NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and II Licenses.

Region II – Marc McElligott – Westmont, Ill.
For more than 10 years, Marc McElligott has been a competitive coach. Within the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, he has four state titles, coached at regionals six times and won one national championship in 2010 with the Under-14 Boys Eclipse Select. McElligott has coached Illinois US Youth Soccer ODP including the 1991 Boys to a US Youth Soccer ODP Championship. He holds a USSF "A" License and NSCAA Premier Diploma. McElligott started the Eclipse Select boys program serving as their boys director of coaching. Now, he is coaching the Chicago Fire youth club.

Region III – Chris Robinson – Greensboro, N.C.
Chris Robinson is a product of the US Youth Soccer system winning four US Youth Soccer North Carolina State Championships before playing in college, United Soccer Leagues and Major League Soccer. Robinson has been coaching US Youth Soccer ODP since 2004 and coaches four teams in Greensboro Youth Soccer. This summer he completed his USSF "C" License and holds a National Youth License.

Region IV – Oliver Wyss – Laguna Beach, Calif. (California State Soccer Association – South)
Oliver Wyss joined West Coast Futbol Club in 1997 when the club began. He serves as the director of the boys program as well as the head coach for the Under-14 Boys team that won the US Youth Soccer National Championship in 2009. The USSF "A" License coach gives back through his nonprofit organization, Soccer for Hope, raising funds for children with life-threatening illnesses since he and his family have overcome hardships themselves.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer's Competitive Coach of the Year award or the US Youth Soccer Workshop, visit


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 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



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