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Administrator of the Year


The Administrator of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in administration over a career. The national Administrator of the Year is announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, as a part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop.

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Bios of the regional winners are based on the submitted nomination forms.

2017 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Midwest Region - John Ankeney - Beavercreek, Ohio

2017 Administrator of the Year regional winners
East Region: Cynthia Ramsey
Midwest Region: John Ankeney
South Region: Kathy Rudd
West Region: Nicholas Smith

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2016 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year

Region II – James H. Waldron – Cincinnati, Ohio. 

2016 Administrator of the Year regional award winners

Ann ShapiroRegion I – Ann Shapiro – Methuen, Mass.
Making events better for players and coaches is something that Ann Shapiro strives to do for Methuen Youth Soccer. Shapiro redesigned the MYSA website to maximize their online presence and she also implemented a year-round registration process. The year-round registration has allowed more kids to participate in the MYSA program. “Community through Soccer” is a motto that Shapiro came up with for the association that really captures the heart of what Methuen Youth Soccer stands for.  
James WaldronRegion II – James H. Waldron – Cincinnati, Ohio. 
James H. Waldron has been an active administrator for youth soccer since 1975. Waldron has been a member of Girls Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association Inc. since 1975, starting as a coach. He was first elected to the Board of Electors in 1976 and then named President in 1977. Furthermore, Waldron was the founder of Cincinnati United Soccer League and has served as president since its founding in 2002. Waldron was also a licensed referee and refereed the first US Youth Soccer Regional Championship in Ohio South. 
Region III – Buddy Hawkins – Cape Coral, Fla. 
Buddy Hawkins has been involved in soccer for the last 27 years. Hawkins is now the president of the North Fort Myers Soccer Club. Under his leadership, the club has grown from 200 to over 800 players. Hawkins has put together clinics and camps for the players of the North Fort Myers Soccer Club and helped create a positive environment for all players. Additionally, Hawkins is not only willing to lend a helping hand to his own club, but all clubs in the local community. 
Jeff SmalleyRegion IV – Jeff Smalley – East Olympia, Wash.
Jeff Smalley has served Tumwater Soccer Club for almost a decade in many different ways, including: coach, equipment manager, administrator and club president. As an administrator, Smalley takes pride in leading with good governance and fairness. He is committed to what’s best for players and their families. Smalley has engaged in grassroots efforts to increase the clubs visibility and in turn, his efforts have increased the number of children playing for Tumwater by hundreds. 

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2015 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year [Video]
Region I – John Newton – Vienna, W.Va.

2015 Administrator of the Year regional award winners

Region I – John Newton – Vienna, W.Va.RI
John Newton has served as a volunteer, coach and referee during more than 30 years in youth soccer. After volunteering at the club and state level throughout the 1990s, Newton was elected vice president of programs for West Virginia Soccer Association in 1998. In that role, he helped increase the number of teams competing in state tournaments and has also assisted with two US Youth Soccer Region I Championships held in West Virginia.

Region II – Bill and Kathy Steinlicht – Milbank, S.D. Bill and Kathy Steinleicht
For 14 years, Bill and Kathy Steinlicht have been helping improve the Grant County Soccer Association. Each has held a position on the board and handled a variety of administrative duties at the club, including registration, team assignments, fundraising and scheduling. Bill has also helped provide learning opportunities for players, coaches and referees by holding clinics and workshops. The pair has worked tirelessly to promote the love of soccer within the club and their town.

Region III – Lou Confessore – Miami, Fla.RIII
Now entering his 50th year of involvement in soccer, Lou Confessore has served as the president of Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as a founding board member of FYSA and local leagues and clubs. He is currently an administrator with the Coral Estates Soccer Club, which features 70 teams and more than 1,100 players. Confessore’s long-standing leadership has helped shaped the sport of soccer in Florida, and he continues to contribute to this day.

Region IV – Stephanie Koerner – Pasco, Wash. RIV
Stephanie Koerner has coached for more than 14 years and has been a member of the T-CYSA board for nine years. She has pursued growth opportunities that have focused on allowing youth from all over Eastern Washington to be able to play soccer, and she personally sponsors and transports underprivileged youth to play the game. As a board member and president, Koerner continues to work with local organizations and businesses to help promote soccer. 

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2014 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year [Video]
Region IV – William Fry – Seattle, Wash.

2014 Administrator of the Year regional award winners

Corrinne DillonRegion I – Corrinne Dillon – Virginia Beach, Va.
Corrine Dillon became involved in soccer when her three children showed interest in playing, and she soon took on a role as a volunteer registrar. In 2006, she was hired as a part-time Advanced Program Administrator but gave the role full-time hours to further help the staff. A year later, Corrine accepted the Recreation Administrator position, where she runs a 1,500-player recreation program that features 147 teams, while also organizing volunteers, field setup and advertising.

bob franklinIMG_1696Region II – Bob Franklin – Schaumburg, Ill.
Since becoming an administrator for the Illinois Women’s Soccer League in the late 1980s, Bob Franklin has ensured the organization’s operations stay up-to-date. He started by bringing the league into the electronic age and has since made several adjustments to improve efficiency. During more than 30 years of involvement in soccer, Bob has built lasting relationships with many members of the soccer community while using his vision and passion to improve the game in his area.

Hugh LeeRegion III – Hugh Lee – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Since 2011, Hugh Lee has acted as the Elite Program Director for Tuscaloosa United SC. He conducts evaluations, mentors new and developing coaches, handles communications and still manages to coach his own teams. He does it all for his love of the game and to allow kids in the community to have a place to play soccer. He is an example of what a coach and leader should be and serves as a role model to young coaches in the area.

Region IV – William Fry – Seattle, Wash. 
William FryBill Fry has been instrumental in the development and growth of the local soccer community. During his tenure as president, the West Seattle Soccer Club nearly doubled its amount of registered players. Bill is very active in promoting soccer through various events in the community and has brought in local professional players to motivate youth during club-sponsored clinics and camps. Also a licensed referee, Bill provides constant positive attitude for the many soccer participants in his community.

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2013 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year [Video]
Region II – Sandi Hendricks – Springfield, Mo.
2013 Administrator of the Year regional award winners
Joan CzachRegion I – Joan Czach – West Babylon, N.Y.
Joan Czach became involved in youth soccer as a volunteer coach in 1978 and later worked as a treasurer, coaching educator, chairperson and director. She’s currently the executive director for the Long Island Junior Soccer League, which has grown under her leadership since 1997. She helped integrate technology for the league and simplified registration. Joan has given a lifetime to youth soccer and has been a key figure to the LIJSL for more than 15 years.
Sandi Hendricks DSC_0971Region II – Sandi Hendricks – Springfield, Mo.
Along with husband Bruce, Sandi Hendricks was among the founders of Lake Country Soccer in 1983. In the 30 years since, she’s been an integral part of the club and influenced the lives of more than 100,000 players. She works as the club’s registrar and also helps with scheduling and keeping game and team data up-to-date. Sandi plans to retire in June after three decades of making sure every child has a place to play soccer.
Andi Hall-11-13-13 -1Region III – Andrea Hall – Richardson, Texas
In her 32 years as an administrator at North Texas Premier Soccer Association, Andrea Hall has seen the league grow from 35 teams to more than 200. She is still the only employee of NTPSA and works numerous hours to help the league and its 5,000 players. She’s also served on the United States Adult Soccer Association Grants Committee and volunteered for 14 years as the ball kid coordinator for FC Dallas.
Jodene Smith- US Youth Picture- UYSARegion IV – Jodene Smith – Sandy, Utah
For several years, Jodene Smith has been a key part of the Utah Youth Soccer Association, working as the State Cup director, on the State Cup support committee and as a referee assignor for the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup. She’s currently the state’s registrar and has had a great impact on registration and Utah’s data management system, in addition to updating current policies and bylaws and attending several meetings each month in support of the Utah Youth Soccer Association.
2012 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year [Video]
Region II – Kevin Cathelyn – Braidwood, Ill.
2012 Administrator of the Year regional award winners
Paul_RossiRegion I – Paul Rossi – Westport, Conn.
Since 2002, Paul Rossi has been active in his Connecticut community in promoting and improving soccer clubs and programs. In his roles as president, commissioner or manager for Westport Soccer and the CJSA Southwest District, Rossi rebuilt multiple club and district websites to help the organizations run more smoothly. He instituted new processes to manage club growth and improve experiences for all participants for Connecticut Football Club Arsenal and currently is the manager for the U-13 Arsenal Girls team.
RKevin_Cathelynegion II – Kevin Cathelyn – Braidwood, Ill.
Less than a year after joining Reed-Custer Soccer Club in 2007, Kevin Cathelyn ascended to president and helped the club become the first to reach the Illinois Youth Soccer "5 Star" Program Recognition. He’s increased sponsorship for the club, hosted annual parties to honor volunteers, created a referee program to train high school-aged referees and increased participation in the 3v3 Summer Sensation Tournament to now include 44 teams.
RChristy Sennegion III – Christy Senn – Greer, S.C.
A mother of three soccer-playing boys, Christy Senn has been involved in soccer for more than 15 years. She currently serves as Housing Coordinator for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy and has helped it become a nationally recognized club. She helped manage the 2010 US Youth Soccer Region III Presidents Cup and 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships. Senn recently helped create and manage the CESA College Combine, which gives more than 300 players a chance to showcase their talents for college coaches.
RJohn dawsonLD Pic001egion IV – Jon Dawson – Seattle, Wash.
For more than 10 years, Jon Dawson has acted as an administrator for youth soccer clubs in Washington and is currently President of Highline Soccer Association, where he provides leadership in a variety of areas. Prior to that, he acted as President for West Seattle Soccer Club and helped reverse a decline in spring soccer participation. During his involvement in youth soccer, Dawson has been an advocate for doing what is in the best interest of the kids.
2011 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Region I – Eric Reed – McLean, Va.  
2011 Administrator of the Year regional award winners
Eric ReedRegion I – Eric Reed – McLean, Va.
As treasurer of McLean Youth Soccer, Eric Reed has played a pivotal role in bringing the club to a healthy financial position, enabling strategic investments in field improvements. Reed brought modern business and financial practices to a club with more than 3,500 players from nearly 2,500 families and a budget of nearly $2.5 million. Reed has also served on the MYS Board of Directors for almost five years.
RCarrie Ogonowskiegion II—Carrie Ogonowski – Topeka, Kan.
As both a player and a coach, Carrie Ogonowski developed a deep love for the game of soccer. That passion has led her to serve as the executive director of the Sunflower Soccer Association for four years, and organization that serves the city of Topeka, Kan., and roughly 3,000 players. As administrator, Ogonowski was integral in bringing US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) to the club.
Rlindsay huckabee croppedegion III – Lindsay Huckabee – Gulfport, Miss.
In 2009, Lindsay Huckabee stepped into the role of registrar at the South Mississippi Soccer Club to add to her already impressive service with the club. Huckabee is committed to giving every child the opportunity to play soccer. She often personally provides scholarships to players and purchases soccer gear for local children. Huckabee has paired her administrative abilities with passion for helping others to serve her soccer community.

RNaomi Foremanegion IV – Naomi Foreman Riverton, Utah
In her role as recreation coordinator for USA Recreation, Naomi Foreman has helped the league grow and become more organized. Her commitment to recreation soccer has left a lasting mark in her community. Foreman created ways to spotlight recreation coaches on the league website. Foreman was also instrumental in launching the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program in the area. Thanks to her dutiful effort, more than 30 players now participate in TOPSoccer.

2010 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Region II – James Martella – Milford, Ohio (Ohio South)

2010 Administrator of the Year regional award winners
RMichael Finneganegion I – Michael Finnegan – Kennett Square, Pa. (Eastern Pennsylvania)
In 1998, Michael Finnegan began working with Southern Chester County Soccer Association (SCCSA) as a head recreational coach. He has since expanded his involvement, most recently taking on the role of club president and acting as district commission for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. As president, Finnegan spearheaded and negotiated field use agreements for SCCSA. Finnegan has also made the game more accessible to the Latino community by working with community leaders to form La Academia de Futbol de Kennett.

RJim Martellaegion II – James Martella – Milford, Ohio (Ohio South)
For nearly 40 years, James Martella has been a dedicated administrator who progressed within US Youth Soccer, taking on greater responsibilities while also upholding the highest standards and level of integrity to grow the game. First acting as his son's recreational coach in 1973, he has since been a local league treasure and president, the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association president (1985-1988 and 2011-present) and executive director (1988-2010), the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships chairman (1992-1998) and the US Youth Soccer National Championships chairman (1998-present).

RDeanna Bostickegion III – Deanna Bostick – Lafayette, La.
Considered a true pioneer in the Louisiana Soccer Association and the Cajun Soccer Club, Deanna Bostick has been an integral part of the success in both organizations for more than 30 years. With her interests solely resting in that of the children who play the game, she has served in every possible capacity including that of an administrator. Bostick offers her club's fields for Louisiana US Youth Soccer ODP tryouts and is always there from start to finish ensuring that all the details are taken care of.

RHeather Millburnegion IV – Heather Millburn – Brigham City, Utah
In her four years as registrar with League 47 in Utah's District 7, Heather Millburn's efforts have come to fruition resulting in greater participation and support for the game. There has been a 101 percent increase in player registration in the league since she took the position of registrar. She also encourages coaches to take coaching education courses. In addition to recruiting players and coaches, she has increased the number of volunteers in her league as well.
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2009 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Christopher Pacilio, New York State West Youth Soccer Association

2009 US Youth Soccer Aministrator of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Christopher Pacilio – Philadelphia, N.Y.- West
Christopher Pacilio not only had a vision, but also the drive, determination and energy to see his goals to fruition. Under his leadership and guidance, the Northern New York Soccer League was built. Pacilio established coaching courses and ensured referee training. His league began with only Under-12 Boys and Girls. Pacilio's efforts have expanded the league's size to over 1,000 players in six different age groups for boys and girls. He has helped to bring organized soccer to youth in three counties in northern New York.

Region II – Jeff Bump – River Falls, Wis. (representing Minnesota Youth Soccer Association)
Jeff Bump was instrumental in establishing the River Falls Wildcat Association (RFWA) while serving in numerous capacities, the most recent being president. He is a Grade 8 referee and a USSF "D" License coach who knows the importance of each accomplishment; therefore, he implemented training courses for coaches and referees. Under his direction, RFWA added additional seasons, camps and clinics and underwent a $250,000 field renovation. His work as an administrator has truly shaped the soccer scene in his area.

Region III – Tanja Moree – Mandeville, La.
Tanja Moree has a selfless and tireless work ethic driving her to make certain that all club and state matters are handled. Her commitment to the Mandeville Soccer Club is demonstrated through the countless hours she puts in, which is driven by her love of the game. The ingenuity she brings has created seamless programs, and she is proactive in every aspect within the organization. Throughout her time as an administrator, her integrity and devotion to her position have gone unquestioned.

Region IV – Teresa Obenauer – Kennewick, Wash.
Teresa Obenauer takes ownership of every task and responsibility she pursues. Her involvement as an administrator began 10 years ago with her two young boys playing soccer. Since then, she has instated certain expectations for Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association, ensuring that corners are never cut and all players, coaches and referees are properly registered. Obenauer's dedication has increased the efficiency and accuracy to which all administrative tasks are done, even if it means she gives up personal time to see it to completion. 

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2008 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Carol Maas, Dayton, Ohio

2008 Administrator of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Laura Sturdivant – Bear, Del.
Soccer has been a part of Laura Sturdivant's life since her two young boys started playing over 20 years ago. Since then, she has served in various capacities within Delaware Youth Soccer Association and currently serves as secretary. Registering 11,000 players annually, Delaware Youth Soccer is a strictly volunteer run organization where Sturdivant does everything from process player passes and organize meetings to oversee scholarship opportunities and execute successful soccer tournaments at all levels.

Region II – Carol Maas – Dayton, Ohio
Carol Maas has been the state commissioner for Ohio South Youth Soccer Association since 2003, but her involvement in soccer started over 30 years ago when her children became involved. She has served as a coach, referee, administrator, and for four years, as president of Huber Heights Soccer. During the past 25 years, Maas has also served as president for a club she helped to develop, Warrior Soccer Club. For over 18 years, she was a part of Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association and served as registrar and as member of the board of directors. Maas has also taken her passion for soccer to the community and grown the game the by executing and developing several soccer events, demonstrations and new complexes.

Region III – Andre Burger – Charlotte, N.C.
Andre Burger is currently involved with North Carolina Youth Soccer Association where he oversees the US Youth Soccer North Carolina State Cup and serves as secretary for the North Carolina Hall of Fame Committee. Burger helped to found and administrate the US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League and since 2007, he has been the head administrator for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Region III. He is a master at getting others together to work toward a common goal and all with a positive attitude.

Region IV – Gary Martschinske – Camas, Wash.
Gary Martschinske stepped into the soccer community in 1992 when he committed to coaching his son's Under-6 team. Since then, he has held numerous positions within the Camas-Washougal Soccer Club including vice president of competition (1999-2000), club president (2001-2007) and vice president of minis (2008). Martschinske's dedication to the game is shown by improving training for club coaches and managers, introducing TOPSoccer and the installing and developing of new fields. As a part of his efforts to grow the game, he is constantly serving his community within the local school district to provide more opportunities for youth to play.

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2007 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Evelyn Swissler, North Texas State Soccer Association

2007 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Addie Mattei-Iaia, Plainview, N.Y. (ENY)
Addie Mattei-Iaia, from Plainview, NY, is president of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. Mattei-Iaia has been involved in the soccer community for over 30 years. She has helped grow the league to over 100 community-based clubs with over 70,000 players and has negotiated crucial sponsorships. A 22-acre soccer park was also secured as the home of the LIJSL with her help. Mattei-Iaia helped to develop a "no player left behind" policy for the league to ensure that all players can participate regardless of funds or disability. She attends league games regularly to support her coaches and players.
Region II - Donna Kaminsky, Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Kaminsky, of Overland Park, Kansas, started volunteering when her oldest son began playing soccer 25 years ago. She began her work on the Shawnee Soccer Club's Board of Directors handling publicity and coordinating summer day camps. She is currently the chairperson of the Kansas State US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Committee. She attends meetings both regional and national meetings as well as drafting the annual budget, policies and procedures. She has worked to increase awareness of the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association by increasing its programs and to grow the game.
Region III - Evelyn Swissler, Lubbock, Texas (NTX)
Evelyn Swissler, from Lubbock, TX, started volunteering in the Lubbock Soccer Association in 1984 and has increased her responsibilities from the Girl's Commissioner of the club to the North Texas Soccer Youth Commissioner since 1996. Swissler accepted the position as administrative assistant and registrar with the Lubbock Soccer Association in 1988 and still holds the position today. During this time, Lubbock has maintained steady growth. She has also served as the chairperson for the US Youth Soccer Region III President's Cup and has supported other US Youth Soccer programs such as hosting the Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup.
Region IV was not provided any nominees for consideration for Administrator of the Year.

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