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2010 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year named

February 22, 2011 09:00 PM

Ohio South's James Martella honored at Awards Gala

Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2011) –
The 2010 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year award recipient was announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2011 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the Marriott Downtown Louisville. The national US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year award winner is James Martella of Milford, Ohio.

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, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees 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.

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).

The recipient of the Administrator of the Year award is selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors. The Administrator of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in administration over a career.

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 


About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

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