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US Youth Soccer honors Jimmy Conway as 2011 US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education award recipient

February 22, 2011 09:00 PM
Oregon's Jimmy Conway awarded Dr. Thomas Fleck Award
Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2011) – Tonight, US Youth Soccer honored Jimmy Conway of Portland, Ore., as the recipient for the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the Marriott Downtown Louisville.

The Excellence in Youth Coaching Education award is also known as the Dr. Thomas Fleck award. It is designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has led with integrity, honor, humor and humility and has made extensive and far reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America.

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 and Competitive 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 and the TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.
Conway began his love for soccer as a club player in his native Ireland. He went on to play professionally with the Ireland National Team for 12 years earning 20 caps. He also played with the Bohemian FC of Dublin before he was scouted and moved to play with Fulham in England for 10 years. After Fulham, he moved to the Sky Blues of Manchester City in England and then to the Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League.

In 1980, he transitioned from the team captain to a player and assistant coach of the Portland Timbers. 

He then joined Oregon Youth Soccer Association, a proud member of US Youth Soccer, in 1981 as the director of coaching, a position he held through 2009. During his tenure in Oregon, Conway earned his USSF "A" License in 1991. 

He served on the staff of US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region IV. He worked with more than 300 US Youth Soccer ODP players each season. While working with US Youth Soccer ODP, the number of Oregon players selected to the regional pool grew to record levels from eight players in 2003 to 53 players selected in 2009.

In 1994, Conway became a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation's national coaching staff. Conway trained more than 1,100 coaches for their "D" License and trained hundreds more in clinics up to the "A" License level. He averaged 40-50 clinics per year and has trained more than 24,000 coaches and players.

During his time with Oregon Youth Soccer, Conway continued to coach at the collegiate level. From 1983 to 1987, Conway coached at Pacific University in Forest Grove. In 1985, he was selected as coach of the year for both the Northwest Conference and the NAIA District II.

In 1988, Conway became the first varsity men's coach for Oregon State University. In 1990, he was named the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference Coach of the Year and in 1995, the Mountain West Soccer Conference's Mountain Division Coach of the Year. 

Conway is active within the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter. Yearly fundraisers are held in his name. In September 2010, Conway presented a donation of more than $20,000 to the Oregon Chapter.

Past winners:
2010 Virgil Stringfield II - Orlando, Fla.
2009 Dr. David Carr - Barboursville, W.Va.
2008 James "Jay" Hoffman - Virginia Beach, Va.
2007 Dr. Ron Quinn - Cincinnati, Ohio
2006 Dean Conway  - Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
2005 Dr. Thomas Fleck - Philadelphia, Pa., Inaugural Recipient

For more information about the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award and the US Youth Soccer Workshop and Awards Gala, go to
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