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BEST OF THE BEST

Washington Youth Soccer honors its best at Annual Awards Luncheon; winners now eligible for Region IV honors

Each year throughout the state of Washington, hundreds of teams are crowned Champions of State Cups, local and regional tournaments. They receive trophies, medals, publicity on league and state websites, and are recognized by their peers and the soccer community.

Their successes, though, tell just a small part of the story of Washington Youth Soccer, where victories are often marked by events other than the final score — the smile of a player who finds friendship and camaraderie on the TOPSoccer field, the team of kids from an underserved community who find joy in new uniforms or a new turf pitch, or other similar stories.

Each of these “victories” — from those under the spotlights at Starfire Sports, to those on the small community fields far from the public eye — are made possible by the thousands of coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and others who have dedicated their time and efforts to improving the lives of young soccer players statewide.

That’s why, on May 19, Washington Youth Soccer representatives from across the state gathered together at the Holiday Inn Seattle in Renton to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals at the 2012 Annual Awards Luncheon.

Nominations were submitted throughout the year by each of the State’s seven Districts, from which one winner was selected in each of the nine categories — Coach of the Year (boys and girls, both recreational and competitive), Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and Young Referee of the Year (both male and female).

Each of the winners will become the State’s nominee for US Youth Soccer Region IV Awards, to be announced in January. Winners at the Regional level are then submitted for national recognition at February’s US Youth Soccer Annual Awards Gala.

Washington Youth Soccer wishes to thank not only the deserving nominees and winners, but each of the thousands of volunteers statewide who are helping our young people develop through the game of soccer. It is because of hard-working and dedicated individuals like yourselves that we are able to continue to grow our membership and spread the joy and benefits of soccer to even more of our state’s youth.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, and best of luck to our deserving winners!

2012 Washington Youth Soccer Annual Awards Nominees

Boys Coach of the Year – Recreation

  • Tom Miller, District 1
  • Dan Drennon, District 2
  • Bill Fry, District 3
  • WINNER: Roland Walkins, District 5
  • Stephanie Koerner, District 6
  • Justin Pope, District 7

Girls Coach of the Year – Recreation

  • WINNER: Shawn Tucker, District 1

Boys Coach of the Year – Competitive

  • Gary Harris, District 1
  • WINNER: Michael Krug, District 4
  • Garen Bedoyan, District 5
  • Matt Leonard, District 6

Girls Coach of the Year – Competitive

  • Jason Farrell, District 1
  • WINNER: Ross Blanchard, District 5
  • Kevin Moon, District 6

Young Male Referee of the Year

  • Brydon Eakins, Inland Empire Soccer Association
  • Will Mellish, South Whidbey Youth Soccer Association
  • WINNER: Connor Hazelwood, North Chapter Soccer Referee Association

Young Female Referee of the Year

  • Stephanie Radecke, East King County Soccer Referee Association
  • WINNER: Sarah Gustafson, Inland Empire Soccer Referee Association

Administrator of the Year

  • Alyson Stage, District 1
  • WINNER: Jon Dawson, District 3
  • Danae Heuett, District 6
  • Don and JoAnne Housden, District 7

TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year

  • Julia Hawn, Seattle/Shoreline TOPSoccer
  • WINNER: A.J. Geaslen, Camas/Washougal TOPSoccer
  • Katie Rock, Tukwila TOPSoccer
  • Gregory Eagle, Snohomish TOPSoccer
  • Shelby Schafer, Spokane TOPSoccer

Volunteer of the Year

  • Pat Hegarty, District 1
  • Tim McMonigle, District 3
  • WINNER: Thomas Forstall, District 4
  • Josh Muri, District 5
  • Deb Grimm, District 6
  • Bob Miller, District 7

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