Two North Texas Soccer Standouts Earn Regional Awards

US Youth Soccer recently announced the regional winners of its annual awards, which honor the people who give their time and effort to the organization by way of service. The regional winners will compete for the national award in each category, which will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 15, as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Baltimore, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.

The award categories are as follows:
Young Referee of the Year
Recreational Coach of the Year
Competitive Coach of the Year
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Administrator of the Year

Two individuals from North Texas were honored as Region III regional winners and are finalists for the national award. Mansfield's Hailey Murin was named the Region III Young Female Referee of the Year. Meanwhile, Prosper's Scott Dymond was named the Region III Boys Competitive Coach of the Year.

Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winner
Region III - Hailey Murin - Mansfield, Texas

Hailey Murin is a referee who is open to feedback and making adjustments to become a better official each time she steps on the field. She is positive and upbeat, and her high school soccer coach described her as a strong leader who sets a good example for underclassmen. Aside from being a Grade-7 referee, Murin has helped prepare holiday food boxes at a local mission and has been an active volunteer at her church.

“A welcomed treat to the referee program.” “An asset and joy to work with.” “Undoubtedly one of the most gifted students I’ve ever had the privilege of teaching in 17 years.” “A person of integrity.” These are just a few of the phrases that describe Hailey Murin. As a soccer referee, Hailey displays maturity, sensitivity, and a true talent for the position. She is a hard worker, is self-motivated, and is a great team player.

Hailey prepares methodically for the next opportunity; whether it is as a referee, student, or volunteer. Her attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile make Hailey a tremendous asset to any group. Hailey has proven time and time again that she is up for any challenge. She is rarely rattled and never lets negativity get under her skin. She is positive, upbeat, and balanced. Hailey performs well in school, plays for her high school soccer team, and is very active in her church. She puts family first and her family is extremely supportive of her referee career.

Hailey seeks out advice and feedback from seasoned referees and brings 100 percent to every game she does. Hailey’s high school soccer coach describes Hailey as a “strong leader in our program, both on and off the field,” and goes on to say that Hailey “sets a good example for our underclassmen and serves as a mentor to our younger players.”

Well-respected by her peers; Hailey is a compassionate young lady with a strong sense of self. Each challenge that Hailey takes on provides her with experience and tools that she uses to shape her character. We should all be as fortunate.

Hailey is a remarkable candidate for the US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year Nomination.

Join us in wishing her luck at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala where she will be up against nominations from Region I, Region II and Region IV.

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year regional award winner
Region III - Scott Dymond - Prosper, Texas

Scott Dymond's FC Dallas teams have achieved great success while competing at a high level, including US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships. Dymond encourages players to think, problem-solve and adapt while playing, and as the college director for FC Dallas Youth, he creates seminars and action plans to help student-athletes remain on the right track. Dymond holds a USSF "A" License and has also coached for US Youth Soccer ODP Region III teams.

Scott Dymond is truly a wonderful role model for the young men that he coaches. Scott’s teams of U15-U19 players compete at the highest local, state, regional, national, and international levels. His teams’ well-deserved titles include Dallas Cup Champions and Region III State Cup Champions. Scott’s players/teams have been named Champions at many Showcase Tournaments throughout the years and have earned their way to USYS Nationals more than once.

Scott sets the bar high; he expects all of his players to achieve excellence and he provides the environment for his players to flourish. Scott’s training sessions are designed to encourage players to think, problem solve and adapt to be successful. Athletes will play fairly and respectfully at all times, period. Scott leads by example; showing his athletes how to grow, work together and achieve greatness. Scott accepts no less, both on and off the field. While championships are expected, the young men are constantly reminded that the sport we love is just that — a sport, a game. And it is fun.

Scott was interviewed recently about his coaching experience and was asked, “What keeps you coaching these young men?”

“I feel like I can make a difference in helping the boys prepare for college soccer," he said. "I have had many players over the years that did not think college soccer was an option for them, but we have opened doors for them. It is great to stay in contact with players who have graduated from college and now are successful in their next step in life – from pro soccer players to doctors. I enjoy coaching and believe we can make a difference. I work with high-school-age players, so preparing them for college is exciting. A huge reward is when we have players who are the first ones in their family to attend college."

In addition to coaching, Scott handles many other responsibilities in his role as College Director for FC Dallas Youth. Scott guides potential collegiate athletes on their search for the right academic program at the right institution. Academics are the priority; participating in collegiate soccer is a bonus. Scott’s framework for college-bound athletes includes various seminars and action plans for high school students. Annually, Scott serves as Tournament Director of a major Showcase Tournament. Hundreds of collegiate soccer coaches attend the event every year to observe many talented athletes.

Scott is a remarkable candidate for the US Youth Soccer Boys Competitive Coach of the Year Nomination. Join us in wishing him luck at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala where he will be up against nominations from Region I, Region II and Region IV.

Congratulations to both Hailey and Scott on being excellent representatives of North Texas Soccer!