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Coach of the Season

Parents and players, nominate a volunteer coach (Recreation or Challenge coach) who has gone above and beyond the duty of "coach". One coaches from each age group will be selected and awarded Coach of the Season. We'll have a virtual celebration of these coaches (details TBD), and each coach will also win a $100 gift card to! 

Submissions for the Fall 2020 Volunteer Coaches of the Season are now closed. 

NCFC Youth Staff will choose the winners based on the nominations.

Fall 2020 Coach of the Season Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Coaches of the Season! Each of the following coaches were nominated by their team for going above and beyond the duty "coach" and selected to receive a $100 and surprise "virtual" experience. We are proud to have you on our team and applaud your continued commitment to the development of our players! Below are excerpts from some of the submitted:

Recreation Coaches
Kindergarten | Amanda Nicholson
“Amanda is a great communicator to both her 5 year olds on the team and the parents. She sends weekly updates and reminders, which are key to ensuring a great season. She went above and beyond to create masks for each player to have in their favorite colors. She came up with a cheer the kids love and really enjoys helping these littles ones learn the game.”

1st Grade | Neil Austin
"All the boys love coach Neil and for good reason. He’s so supportive and always making sure they are having a good time! He has worked so hard to get them to play as a team…As a mother I appreciate the lengths he has gone to help keep a safe environment especially throughout these crazy pandemic times.”… “My son has never had so much fun or laughed so hard during practices.”

2nd Grade | Alyssa Hockaday
"Alyssa has been an amazing example for our girls teaching them the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork while continuing to develop their skill sets.  In a very difficult season she has promoted a safe environment for the team ensuring all social distancing guidelines are followed.”… “She is an amazing role model to the girls.”

3rd Grade| Jason Mazzio
"Coach Jason is always so positive! He takes the time after every game to tell each girl something they did well, he encourages them to push themselves and challenge themselves in every game… he encourages them to set new and higher goals for each match. My children have been playing soccer for over ten years, we’ve never had such a positive and supportive coach! He’s the BEST!”

4th Grade | Carlos Espinosa Vanegas
"Coach Carlos is passionate, despite not even having a child of his own on the team…Calls each child out for their good works and improvements. Lots of praise and never speaks negatively. Builds a great team spirit among the boys!”… “We haven’t had a volunteer Coach like this in any sports or leagues before. We are so happy we signed up for Spring too! At a time with so much uncertainty for our kids, this has been such a huge blessing for our son and our family.”

5th Grade | Theo McCormick
“Theo follows all the sportsmanship guidelines and encourages every player to play their best. Rather than yelling at the kids he tells them all the positive things they are doing right. He provides visual examples to the kids so they can see the plays.  Theo spends tons of his own personal time investing in his team!  He is energetic, timely, dependable, and kind.”

6th Grade | Anna Townsend
“Anna is positive, fun and dedicated to our boys and soccer!  She was always there at games and practices, taking care of our boys, when her own son had other obligations and couldn’t be there.  She’s a positive role model and great coach”

7th Grade | Bianca Thompson
“Coach sends letters to the kids, is always positive, and cheers them on.”… “goes far and above my expectation of a recreational Coach. She balances having fun with working hard and learning.  She always encourages the girls and provides leadership opportunities like being team lead. The most impressive thing I've seen Bianca do is bring in 6 new players onto a team that has been together for 5 years and make them feel welcome. It takes a special and amazing person to pull that off.  She is the reason my daughter has enjoyed soccer for so many years.”

8th Grade | Kevin Carbajal
“His undying love for the game and commitment to his players never ceases.  He is a patient teacher and goes above and beyond by including each player and explaining their responsibilities. He encourages and motivates each player to excel to the best of their ability.  Coach Carbajal is a busy husband and father and yet dedicates his time to coach his team Each season.”

High School | Greg Luberecki
“He is a great encourager and teacher.”… “he teaches the boys so much more than soccer: integriy, honesty, honor, and hard work.”…always encourages. He is a coach that believes in playing by the rules, building character, grooming the boys into men and playing with integrity.  He has always handled uncomfortable/ difficult situations with grace, and we as parents appreciate his level headed demeanor.”

High School | Mike Newman
“Mike volunteered to coach the newly organized Cary Asteroids, although he no longer has children in NCFC, for no other reason than his apparent love of the Beautiful Game, and imparting his knowledge on the young men.  I appreciate the challenge of bringing 18 high schoolers from all over the area, from diverse backgrounds, in grades 9-12, with various skill levels together.   We are new to the area, and NCFC has been a great way for my son to make new friends and stay active.”

High School | Andy Puetzer
“I am the head coach and would like to nominate my assistant Andy as the coach of the season.  I have been lucky enough to coach with Andy for a few years and he is the best coach I have ever worked with...He connects differently with each player, spends extra time with our keeper, builds personal relationships with players and has an ability to communicate with them each differently so that they hear the right message.  Andy is not an assistant with the Orioles he is a true partner of a coach and a mentor to the boys.”

High School | David Teague
“David has devoted himself each season to the team and we have been with them since 2016. He goes out of his way to communicate with his team and with parents... he sends weekly emails to summarize the game. He organizes events for them to get together... This was so important for my daughter when we first moved here and gave her the opportunity to make new friends on and off of the field. The team just feels like a family and that is why we sign up each year!”

Challenge Coaches
U9 | Don Roach
“Coach Roach has been a terrific example of what a coach should be. He's supportive, provides an excellent team structure, and keeps the kids having fun while learning. With parents, he communicates well and openly. Additionally, he is an excellent example of sportsmanship and good conduct. He is always encouraging players (even those not on his team) and without fail, treats the refs with respect.”

U10 | Brad Verburgt
“This past 8 months has been challenging to us all and soccer was one thing that kept my daughter from losing her mind. Coach Brad has been able to keep her engaged and focused and excited about soccer. She looks forward to practices…I am very grateful to have a great coach.”… “When I asked my daughter why he should be nominated, she responded ‘he gives us goals to work toward achieving and when we make mistakes, he encourages us to be better.’  Thanks to all he has done this season - our daughter has benefitted tremendously!”

U11 | Jen Smythe
“an incredible teacher and role model for our girls”… “she is a source of energy, enthusiasm, and fun support for her players and parents”… “Coach Jen has done a great job to build a great team environment with 5+ new players on the team”… “she epitomizes everything you look for in a coach. She connects with kids, teaches the concepts of hard work and team work, reminds us to have fun, and is the best communicator with parents”.

U12 | Alex and Greg De Jong
“Coaches Alex and Greg are both phenomenal coaches and event better people… coach the team on good sportsmanship and build character”… “they have no children of their own; however, they graciously volunteered to coach our boys for the last 3 seasons because of their love of the game!”

U13 | Jamie Hansberger
“Jamie and the Blazers have had some really tough seasons. I think they won one game in the last 2 years. They hardly ever get a goal. Jamie is a super coach. She teaches the girls so much! Their individual skills are constantly improving. Jamie keeps being able to motivate the girls, helm them love the game and grow personally without the reward of a win”

U14 | Graceson Clements
“Graceson volunteered her time to coach 13 year old boys which in itself deserves a medal… she is positive and gives good feedback to the boys so they can grow as players. Always on time and communicates promptly”… “Has a great attitude, ideas, and tactics – she helps us with our chemistry”

U15 | Stu Sealy
Coach Stu Sealy is one of our awesome assistant coaches …Being an assistant is a tremendous and sometimes unappreciated position.  I want to recognize Coach Stu for the incredible supportive role he gives our team.  Stu is always early to practice and always is there to warm up the team and has taken the vastly important role of ensuring that we follow the (COVID safety) policies… thank you coach for putting player safety first!”

U16 | Stephen McColl
“… is very direct, works with the girls to bring everyone up to the next level, is always on time at both practices and games, and stays until the last player is picked up; during the pandemic, Coach Stephen is deserved an acknowledgement of his beyond expectation service to the team!”

U17 | Jeff Viau
“My daughter guest played for Coach Jeff in a tournament a few years ago and had such a great and fun experience … her previous club had switched coaches four years in a row.. and Her decision to jump was based upon Coach Jeff as both a coach and an individual.  This has been a great experience as she approaches the end of her youth soccer career.”

U18/19 | Vince Chirichella
“… At the end of the season, my daughter she told me it was the most fun she's had playing soccer ever, and she rediscovered the joy of the game.  This is attributed to Vince and his coaching attitude.  He's always positive and inspiring and the girls never walk away from a game upset.  They really enjoy going to practice.  This year with COVID, no one else stepped up to help as an assistant coach OR a team parent, so Vince has done it all without any complaints.”

Thank you coaches!

Helpful Links

Hamilton Sportsmanship Award

Learn more about the seasonal award given to one player from each team who exhibits all qualities of sportsmanship including a positive attitude, respect, teamwork and love of the game. 

Hamilton Sportsmanship Award



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