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Allen to be awarded Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education

January 11, 2012 11:00 AM

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FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 11, 2012) - US Youth Soccer is pleased to announced that Gary Allen, from Manassas, Va., is the recipient of the Dr. Thomas Fleck, US Youth Soccer Excellence in Coaching Education Award. The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award is designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has, with integrity, honor, humor and humility, made extensive and far reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America.

Along with the Hall of Fame inductees and yearly awards winners, Allen will be honored at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the 
US Youth Soccer Workshop in Boston.

Gary Allen has played a major role in the development of soccer in the United States and specifically, coaching education in Virginia. His early and consistent dedication to coaching education has made him a pioneer in the field. As one of the original staff instructors of the National Youth License, Allen was the second coaching education director for Virginia Youth Soccer and was instrumental in establishing the environment for Virginia to hire a technical director in the late 1990s.

Allen became the youngest coach in Virginia to attain the USSF "A" License, was Virginia's first US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program coach and one of the first two coaching education instructors in the state. Allen also holds a National Youth License. In addition to his on-field duties, Allen is an author of numerous articles.

As a committed coach, Allen has led teams of various levels, including Division I men's and women's programs, high school teams, as well as state and regional US Youth ODP teams. Over the years, Gary has coached 31 players who went on to be named NCAA All-Americans and 17 players who made the U.S. National Teams.

Allen currently serves as a senior staff instructor for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association coaching education program and a U.S. Soccer national staff instructor. Additionally, he was inducted into the Virginia Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008. Over the past two decades, Allen has been instrumental in the development of coach education in Virginia. 

Prior to his time as a coach, Allen led his Randolph-Macon College team to the Virginia College Athletics Championship in 1972. While still in college, he was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic soccer team.

Past winners:
2011 Jimmy Conway – Portland, Ore.
2010 Virgil Stringfield II - Orlando, Fla.
2009 Dr. David Carr - Barboursville, W.V.
2008 James "Jay" Hoffman - Virginia
2007 Dr. Ron Quinn - Cincinnati, Ohio
2006 Dean Conway  - Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
2005 Dr. Thomas Fleck - Philadelphia, Pa., Inaugural Recipient

The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be held in Boston from Feb. 16-18, 2012. The annual convention will be held at the Hynes Convention Center and is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. Online registration  continues through February 9. For more information please visit


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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