2014 US Youth Soccer Of the Year Award winners announced
National winners to be named at
US Youth Soccer Awards Gala 

Twitter: live announcement of national winners

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2014 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year awards.

The Volunteer of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in volunteering and giving back to the game of soccer over a lifetime. The Competitive Coach of the Year is awarded to a competitive coach for both a boy's team and a girl's team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

The national Volunteer of the Year and national Girls Competitive Coach of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the 
US Youth Soccer Workshop in Philadelphia, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.

Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:

Volunteer of the Year regional winners:
Region I – Michael Basileo – Fort Washington, Md.

As the state registrar for Maryland State Youth Soccer Association, Michael Anthony Basileo has consistently demonstrated high moral and ethical standards. He is organized, highly dependable and takes an effective systematic approach to solve issues or concerns. For more than 30 years, Mike has volunteered his time to help improve youth soccer in Maryland and has been instrumental in keeping development a key component of several programs within the state while following the principles of US Youth Soccer.

Region II – Peter Meckes – North Olmsted, Ohio
Pete Meckes started as a volunteer coach for his son’s team at the North Olmsted Soccer Organization in 1985 and has since held nearly every position on the board while coaching countless teams. Recently, his main role has been a referee trainer and scheduler, and he has volunteered to help for 30 of the 38 NOSO Cup tournaments. Now in his 30th and final year with NOSO, his enthusiasm has long helped grow soccer in of the community.

Region III – 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.

Region IV – Steve Kinsey – Farmington, N.M.
Steve Kinsey has been involved in youth soccer for more than 20 years and has become the cornerstone of Four Corners United and the Four Corners Youth Soccer League. In his few years with the program, he has generated improvement, worked with coaches and created several features that ultimately help improve player development. Steve volunteers on the board for the club and league, and he never misses a meeting while providing selfless and insightful input.

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Nicole Goodenow – Morgantown, W.V.
Even while playing at the highest level in US Youth Soccer Region I, Nicole expects great sportsmanship from her Mountaineer SC Shox team, which received just two yellow cards in its 10 years. Nicole’s players aren’t limited to fair play, as they displayed plenty of talent while winning seven US Youth Soccer West Virginia State Cups. Her emphasis on developing players as well-rounded individuals on and off the field has helped the team see players move on to play at a dozen colleges.

Region II – David Patrick Sharp – Rapid City, S.D.
As the Director of Coaching at for Black Hills Rapids SC, Dave Sharp has helped create a competitive culture that focuses on technical development. His players are encouraged to dream big and go after their goals, which has led to individual and team growth. Dave holds the USSF ‘A’ License, but he consistently researches new concepts to implement into his coaching to help his players improve — generating recognition from colleges and US Youth Soccer ODP.

Region III – Michael Powers – Plano, Texas
Michael Powers lets his players play through mistakes because he believes that is the only way they learn to play the game to its fullest. He encourages them to make their own decisions and stresses that any chance to play and gain new perspective will help them improve. A USSF ‘B’ License and National Youth License holder, Michael enjoyed great success coaching his son, Dillon’s, teams before guiding the girls at Andromeda FC.

Region IV – Ryan Dortch – Bellevue, Wash.
In nearly 25 years of coaching, Ryan Dortch has guided several premier clubs and semi-professional teams. A former Washington Youth Soccer player, Ryan maintains his USSF ‘A’ License while continuing to act as a mentor and role model within the soccer community. In his eight years at Eastside FC, he has led teams to on-field success while setting clear expectations for players, parents and coaches to follow in regards to showing respect and demonstrating good character to all participants.

The US Youth Soccer Workshop will take place in Philadelphia from Jan. 14-18, 2015. The annual Workshop will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. For more information please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Workshop/NSCAA.


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