ADMINISTRATOR, VOLUNTEER, COACH, TOPSoccer BUDDY AND YOUNG REFEREE OF THE YEAR
2012 Annual Massachusetts Youth Soccer
The 2012 Massachusetts Youth Soccer Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Leominster, MA on December 2nd. Massachusetts Youth Soccer honored a number of individuals for their commitment to our kids and to the game. The honorees were....
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
STEPHANIE McARDLE Beyond Soccer, Lawrence, MA
Stephanie, originally from Boxford, MA began playing soccer at the age of 6. She was a standout at Masconomet Regional High School and went on to play and captain the Women’s Soccer team at the University of Michigan. She is the founder of Beyond Soccer, a non-profit corporation through which Stephanie is able to bring the game and lessons it teaches, to kids in and around Lawrence, MA. She clearly understands that involvement in the game can help kids lead healthier lives, learn how to trust and respect others, develop greater self-confidence and learn how to work in the construct of a team.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
LISA KELLETT King Philip Soccer Association
Lisa has been involved in youth soccer as a Coach, Member of the Board of Directors and President of KPYS. Lisa has worked tirelessly to encourage kids and their families to become involved in youth soccer. The number of players, teams and coaches in KPYS has grown consistently during Lisa’s tenure on the Board. In addition, Lisa has introduced and developed on of the strongest TOPSoccer Programs in Massachusetts reflecting her belief that soccer is a game for all kids. Fellow KPYS Board Members say simply, “Lisa delivers…” For her commitment, hard work and her steadfast struggle to bring the game to every child…
BOYS’ COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR
ARMANDO MARNOTO Fisherman Youth Soccer
Armando has been coaching with Fisherman Youth Soccer for more than 5 years, is coaching with North Shore United and is the Boys Junior Varsity Coach at Gloucester High School. This past summer he also was the co-coach of the District 2 U12 Boys District Select Program team. Armando is committed to his players and promotes involvement in the game beyond FYS. He encourages involvement in club soccer and District Select and has led a group of teams to play indoors over the winter.
GIRLS’ COMPETITIVE COACH OF THE YEAR
JASON DEWHURST FC Stars of Massachusetts
As the founder and Director of Coaching for FC Stars of Massachusetts, Jason has for nearly 15 years consistently developed players and teams that have played at the highest level of competition. His teams have won National, Regional, League and State Championships. His players have played on ODP Region 1 teams, the U.S. Women’s National Team and many have gone on to play intercollegiate soccer. In 2012 alone Jason coached 4 separate girls’ teams. His U12 team was the Irwin Cup Champion, both his U15 and U18 teams qualified for the ECNL National Championships and his U19 team was a State Cup Finalist and a USYSA Region 1 Semi-Finalist. In recognition of his excellence in coaching, Jason was appointed to the U15 Women’s National Team Coaching Staff.
GIRLS’ RECREATION COACH OF THE YEAR
ERIC FREEMAN, Easton Youth Soccer
Eric has been a recreational coach in Easton for more than 8 years and has taken his team to the MTOC.. He also has coached in the District Select Program. In both tournaments, Eric’s teams won the Sportsmanship Award. His tireless work ethic, his knowledge of the game and his commitment to every player are unmatched by his peers. He has been a member of the EYS Board of Directors since 2006 and has worked for the South Shore League for 5 years. His players describe Eric as a caring, energetic and high motivating coach”.
TOPSOCCER BUDDY OF THE YEAR
ALEXANDRA PINAUD, Mashpee Youth Soccer
As a senior student-athlete at Mashpee High, Alexandra combined her academic pursuits with her athletic passion. Her senior project was to start a TOPSoccer program in and around her hometown. With the support of local youth soccer organizations and with some guidance and support from her family, Alexandra contacted the Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s Director of TOPSoccer to determine what steps were necessary to organize and launch a TOPSoccer program. She successfully completed the USYS TOPSoccer coaches’ course and attended the USYS Workshop programs on TOPSoccer being held in Boston. Alexandra recruited classmates at Mashpee High School to act as “Buddies” and began spreading the word to the local schools and organizations that TOPSoccer would be available to any child with a disability. Her unselfish dedication and her organization has led to the establishment of the Mashpee TOPSoccer Program and provided the opportunity of soccer to children who otherwise would not been able to experience “the beautiful game”.