Alabama’s Katie Steinert honored at Awards Gala
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2017) — Katie Steinert of Birmingham, Ala., was honored as the 2016 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award recipient Friday night at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2017 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles. US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is the outreach program for soccer.
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 people in attendance. Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Young Referee of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award, and the latest US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductee were honored, as well.
With a background in soccer, as well as special education, Katie Steinert has been an integral part of the TOPSoccer program. Steinert demonstrates leadership in the community by promoting TOPSoccer wherever she goes, telling students all about the program. Social media, word of mouth and handing out flyers are just a few ways that Steinert informs others about TOPSoccer. She takes the time to make each individual player feel special and wanted within the program.
The recipient of the TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award is selected by the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala Committee on the basis of his or her demonstration of patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The Coach of the Year is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Coaches show leadership and support while assisting, guiding, directing and teaching the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.
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 USYouthSoccer.org/workshop/galaawards. To find out more about TOPSoccer, go to /programs/TOPSoccer.asp.