National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
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FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 11, 2011) -
US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2010 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Recreation Coach of the Year awards. The Recreation Coach of the Year is awarded to a recreation 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 Recreation Coach of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Paul Frascione – Gainesville, Va.
Paul Frascione coaches Under-18 and Under-19 Girls in the Virginia Soccer Association. He encourages players to continue playing beyond their youth careers and instills a lifelong love for the sport. Frascione holds his USSF "E" License, is a Grade 8 referee and a club board member. He also serves as a club administrator for the Suburban Friendship League for Under-12 to 19 recreational players.
Region II – Scott Simpson – Wadsworth, Ohio
Scott Simpson co-created the WASA Grizzly Cub Academy for players 4 to 8 years old. Simpson holds a USSF "C" License as well as a National Youth License
. In addition to the coaching within the Grizzly Cubs, he is on the board of directors and is the director of coaching and player development. He frequently brings guest trainers from other clubs to help promote new coaching techniques during training sessions.
Region III – Richard "Adam" Brooks – Candler, N.C.
Richard "Adam" Brooks has been a recreational coach within the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association for more than eight years. He upholds high standards for sportsmanship and integrity on and off the field while also building self-esteem in his players. Throughout his years coaching, Brooks continually promotes growth of the game with youth night at the local high school soccer games where the players are introduced as soccer stars of the future.
Region IV – Jenifer Wood – West Valley City, Utah
With each season Jenifer Wood has coached with West Valley Soccer Club, she has picked up an additional team. Now in her third season and three teams deep, she continues to exude a positive attitude to her players at practice and during games, instilling within them a true love for the game. Wood teaches drills that are fun and educational while also creating an environment of enthusiasm for both players and parents.
Boys Recreation Coach of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Joe Ragusa – Hawley, Pa. (Eastern Pennsylvania)
For more than 30 years, Joe Ragusa has been volunteering as a youth coach. Beyond serving on the Walenpaupack Youth Soccer League board, he coaches Under-6 through Under-14 co-ed teams. Ragusa helps in every dimension of the league from ordering uniforms and coaching to starting a referee education system and encourages players to become certified referees in the youth league. As a coach, his players go on to earn starting positions on their junior high school teams and younger players are able to understand and perform important soccer strategies.
Region II – Michael Hayes – Midway, Ky.
Michael Hayes has coached youth soccer in Kentucky since 1981. This season, he led the Under-10 Boys Lexington Youth Soccer Association team to their second undefeated season. His team was a quarterfinalist at the Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup. Hayes also serves as the player development camp instructor for Under-6 through Under-12. He is an instructor at Lexington Youth Soccer's quarterly seasonal player development clinics. Hayes holds a USSF "E" License.
Region III – Clark Hastings – Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Clark Hasting grew up in US Youth Soccer as a player in Tennessee US Youth Soccer ODP. He now gives back by coaching Under-9 through Under-14 players for Tennessee United and running their junior academy. Last year, Hastings started as the technical director and an Under-7 through Under-8 coach for the Hendersonville Soccer Club. As the recreational program's technical director he compiled and produced a coaching manual for the volunteer coaches to further their education. Hasting has his USSF "D" License.
Region IV – James Logan – Applegate, Calif. (California North)
James Logan coaches not only a Under-8 Boys Placer Hills Youth Soccer Club team, but a Under-16 Boys select team and a co-ed TOPSoccer
team with the 49er United Youth Soccer. He has been a coach for eight years and was the first volunteer when his club started a TOPSoccer program two years ago. Logan encourages all of his players to become TOPSoccer Buddies and continues to garner support for the program. He is the coach coordinator and board member for 49er United. Logan holds his USSF "E" License.
For more information about the US Youth Soccer Recreation Coach of the Year award or the US Youth Soccer Workshop, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.