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Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award honors those who are excellent role models for their community. Willingness to promote players and soccer, sound moral and ethical character and increasing the opportunities to participate in soccer are all characteristics of nominees for the Volunteer of the Year award. The national Volunteer 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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2017 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner – Kevin Brothers – Woburn, Mass.

As the President and a coach of Woburn Youth Soccer, Brothers wants every child to have the opportunity to play, and he motivates countless other volunteers to help make it happen. In addition to spreading awareness and growing the WYS program, Brothers is involved with various logistical tasks, including managing registration, clinics, coaches, uniforms, field maintenance, schedules, concessions and volunteers. His promotion of fundraisers, food drives, high school car washes and many other events shows his involvement and commitment to the community. Brothers has dedicated a significant amount of time to building youth soccer in the Woburn area, all because of his passion for the game.

2017 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

East – Kevin Brothers – Woburn, Mass.
Midwest – Shawn Danhouser – Addison, Ill.
South – Ramon Gallardo – Wendell, N.C.
West – Dave Consla – Albuquerque, N.M. 

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2016 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner – Johnny Montoya – Albuquerque, N.M. 

Since 2003, Johnny Montoya has been involved with the New Mexico Rush. Montoya gets his players involved in community service to show them how fortunate they are to be able to play soccer. He is known to give generously, without asking for anything in return. Montoya frequently picks up his players from different parts of the city so that they are able to attend each training session. Overall, Montoya is focused on providing an opportunity to players to do what they love.

2016 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Doug Hartley – Charleston, W.Va. 
Region II – David Furness – Owatonna, Minn.
Region III – Melissa Jaramillo – Hermitage, Tenn. 
Region IV – Johnny Montoya – Albuquerque, N.M. 

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2015 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Karen Wright – Carlton, Ore.

Karen Wright founded the Yamhill Carlton Soccer Club in 2010 and has helped it grow from 14 players to 187. She not only volunteers, but promotes it within the community — leading to 100 committed volunteers logging more than 4,000 hours in 2014. Wright’s work isn’t limited to the field, as she is a leader in the community, where she spends countless hours advancing the game by seeking out opportunities for herself and those around her. 

2015 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Jake O’Neill – Abington, Mass.
Region II – Mary Jane Rumpke – Springfield, Ohio 
Region III – Tracy Storck – Tulsa, Okla. 
Region IV – Karen Wright – Carlton, Ore. 

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2014 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Candi Conner – Gun Barrel City, Texas

Since 1989, Candi Conner has been a fixture in the Tri-County Soccer Association office. During that time, she’s handled uniform orders, scheduling, recruiting and registration. She has played an integral role in helping the association obtain a portion of the city park complex to use for games, and Candi administrates an annual 3v3 tournament, which raises money for scholarship funds. Even after 25 years, she continues to be a great volunteer and role model in the community.

2014 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Michael Basileo – Fort Washington, Md.
Region II – Peter Meckes – North Olmsted, Ohio
Region III – Candi Conner – Gun Barrel City, Texas
Region IV – Steve Kinsey – Farmington, N.M.

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2013 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Steve Wierzchowski – Broken Arrow, Okla.

Steve Wierzchowski implemented technology to create a more efficient and effective registration process for the Broken Arrow Soccer Club. In addition to his registrar role, Steve is always quick to volunteer for any responsibilities within the club and acts as a positive figure at all times. He will now guide the club as president and continue to be a role model and trustworthy leader for the members of Broken Arrow SC.

2013 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Chris Clifford – Gloucester, Va.
Region II – Millard Graber – Goshen, Ind.
Region III – Steve Wierzchowski – Broken Arrow, Okla.
Region IV – Polly-Beth Odom – Wasilla, Alaska

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2012 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Zoe Unger –Boca Raton, Fla.

Zoe Unger has long been a volunteer for TOPSoccer and since her 13th birthday, she has planned a service project each year to benefit the program. Now a high school senior, Unger has organized a fundraising event for the past three years that’s grown into a 5v5 tournament. She continues to work as a buddy captain for TOPSoccer and also volunteers for her temple’s youth group and plans to volunteer as a counselor at a camp in Georgia.

2012 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Melody McNulty – Newark, Del.
Region II – Abdirizak Said – St. Paul, Minn.
Region III – Zoe Unger – Boca Raton, Fla.
Region IV – Sue Hughes – Gresham, Ore.

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2011 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner – Patricia Monaghen –Westwood, Kan.

In her more than 25 years as a volunteer, Patricia Monaghen has served as manager, coach, registrar and club president. Her tireless service to the North East United Soccer Club has increased the club's ability to provide financial assistance to families and obtained more practice fields for the club. She has also served as an active volunteer for US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer).

2011 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners: 

Region I – Joseph Williams –Wilmington, Del.
Region II – Patricia Monaghen –Westwood, Kan.
Region III – Keith Ash –Broken Arrow, Okla.
Region IV – Lisa Rhoades –Carlsbad, N.M.

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2010 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner – Charles Gauder – Beavercreek, Ohio

When Charles Gauder's daughter became involved in soccer in 1983, he did as well. Since then, he has taken on several roles within Beavercreek Soccer Association including field director, making twice-daily trips to the complex to ensure the fields are open and accessible to players. Gauder is also certified as a referee so he steps up when needed, and he is also responsible for streamlining referee scheduling and data collection. His leadership and spirit of cooperation has been contagious, adding to the number of families that volunteer.    

2010 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:
Region I – Alan Zeigler – Lewisburg, Pa.
Region II – Charles Gauder – Beavercreek, Ohio
Region III – Matt Hooker – Walterboro, S.C.
Region IV – Deb Bergen – Aberdeen, Wash.

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2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner - Jay Ziminsky, Delaware Youth Soccer Association

Jay Ziminsky volunteers as president of Middletown Odessa Townsend Soccer (M.O.T.) in Delaware. Under his leadership, M.O.T. has grown to the second largest club in the state. His commitment to the success of the organization is exemplified in his willingness to do what it takes to keep things running smoothly, from lining fields to spending Saturdays at the soccer fields or sorting and organizing uniforms and equipment. Ziminsky is responsible for implementing training courses for coaches and referees, and he routinely organizes outings to professional soccer games for players.

2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Jay Ziminsky – Middleton, Del.
Region II – Michael Parsons – Topeka, Kan.
Region III – George Raleigh – Broken Arrow, Okla.
Region IV – Kimberly Wriggle – Eugene, Ore.

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2008 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner - Sara Kluttz, Ootewah, Tenn.

Sara Kluttz has been active in soccer since she began playing at the age of five in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her calling to give back to the game came a little over two years ago when she was on her way to a soccer camp and noticed how many kids were without anything to do during the summer. Her answer was to create a soccer camp to involve them. The first year she had 60 participants and the second summer, she reached over 250 kids while expanding the camp to accommodate as many kids as possible, regardless of transportation and equipment needs. Each year, Kluttz recruits more volunteers and reaches more kids and she plans to continue the camp as she continues to play soccer at Austin Peay University.

2008 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Russ Horn – Centreville, Va.
Region II – Dave Harvey – Omaha, Neb.
Region III – Sara Kluttz – Ooltewah, Tenn.
Region IV – Neil Callahan – Seattle, Wash.

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2007 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
National Winner - John Duvall, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association

John Duvall, of Paris, KY, has served many roles for the Paris Youth Soccer Association over the past eight years. John has coached recreational and competitive teams, worked as a registrar and scheduler, and he currently coaches an Under-14 competitive team. John is also frequently available to referee making sure all games are adequately covered. On top of these responsibilities, he also supervises and maintains the fields and also prepares the materials for off-season storage. Duvall donates his time and effort to ensure that young soccer players in his community have an organization and a facility to pursue their soccer dreams. 

2007 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional winners: 

Region I – Robbie L. Rickert, Manchester, CT
Region II - John Duvall, Paris, KY
Region III - Patti Wilson, Saucier, MS
Region IV – Sandy Castillo, Placentia, CA

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