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2013 US Youth Soccer Young Referees of the Year announced


2013 US Youth Soccer Young Referees of the Year announced

Kansas’ Lauren Stalcup and Tennessee’s Donovan Eubank honored at Awards Gala

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2014) — The recipients of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year award were announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The national US Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year award winners are Lauren Stalcup of Overland Park, Kan., and Donovan Eubank of Huron, Tenn.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show, 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, 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.

Lauren Stalcup has become a reliable referee who has worked at several State Cups and recently represented Kansas at a US Youth Soccer ODP Region II camp. She’s pursuing a Grade 7 certificate and has also began working as a referee mentor to advise and assist new referees throughout the season. In addition to refereeing, she plays soccer and basketball. Lauren also excels in the classroom while taking Honors and college-level courses.

Being involved with soccer as a player and referee has guided Donovan Eubank’s behavior across all parts of his life. He knows the importance of both following and enforcing the rules. He started refereeing at age 12 and earned his Grade 7 badge when he turned 17. Donovan’s success playing soccer has made him a great team player, and he doesn’t hesitate to mentor other young referees to help them improve.

Recipients of the Young Referee of the Year awards are selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors based on their strong work ethic, knowledge of the rules of the game and service as positive role models. 

For bios on each of the regional award winners, click here.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to 


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