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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 is now closed. 

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


Spring 2019 Coach of the Season Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 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 set of suite tickets to the NCFC game on October 6. 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 nominations.

U5 | Mark Holmes
"He has done such a good job making sure everyone plays and is super
encouraging. His energy is contagious to the team. The great thing is,
while he is actually teaching them soccer skills, he does it in a way
that makes it fun for everyone!"

U6 | Jim Hawhee

"It's so very important that children enjoy the game at the youngest ages,
otherwise it becomes a chore and they stop going forward. Jim makes
sure the players are having fun at games and practices regardless of
whether we win or lose!

U7 | Kiyoshi Isigara
"Kiyoshi is incredibly generous with his time. He checks every box you
could ask for in a coach. He understands how to develop players and
doesn't fast track just to get a win - he'd much rather have the team show
excellent players even with a loss, over a win. His commitment to their love
of and excellence in the game is incredible!"

U8 | Matt Hirschey
"Matt embodies the NCFC Youth coach with growth and building players. 
He has put in countless hours of preparation for practices by watching
videos and attending the NCFC coaching clinics. He encourages and
engages kids to do their best and show growth. He goes above and 
beyond anything we've encountered in a coach."

U9 | Mark Caron
"Such enthusiasm for the game and goes out of his way to train the 
girls and coach with a positive attitude. Sends weekly emails of
encouragement and pointers for how to improve, even tips for how
to eat before a game to stay healthy! Promotes teamwork and 
shows up to practice 30 minutes early just to work with our 

U10 | Laura Berra
"She gives 110% to coaching the team.She is competitive and wants
to win, but puts sportsmanship, learning to be a good teammate, and
having fun first. In her time off the fields, continues to think of ways
to develop each player. I can't imagine thee is another coach that 
deserves this more!"

U11 | Shawn Barber
"This was our first year on the team and we could not have had a better
season or coach. My son has fallen back in love with soccer. Through
his leadership, these teammates genuinely care about each other, cheer
on one another, and pick each other up. Of the utmost importance,
Coach Shawn's ability to teach this team life skills; to have passion,
focus, determination, and perseverance."

U12 | Kara Folkert
"Kara is a phenomenal coach and influence on our girls. She shows up,
teaches skills, empowers and inspires. Consistently giving of her time
during the season AND between seasons to help in the development of
the girls... She loves the game and is always very supportive! Great

U13 | Phillip Miller
"Coach Philip always goes beyond the “normal coach responsibilities.” He’s
taken the time to create a team atmosphere of respect and passion for
soccer. He values every player and knows their strengths and weaknesses
and tailors practices to strengthen their skill sets. He truly understands soccer
and the fundamentals and he passionate about sharing it!"

U14 | Andy Chan
"He does a great job of instructing the boys on skills, fitness and strategy,
but more importantly he is teaching them accountability, demonstrating good
sportsmanship and encouraging them to work and think as a team. As a parent,
that is most important and why I like having my son in the Challenge program.
When we lose, he doesn't complain about the other team or the refs, he helps t
he boys focus on what they did that affected the outcome."

U15 | Joe Turchetti

"He seamlessly integrates our new teammates, some of whom are brand new to
soccer, but he never makes them feel that way! He is mindful that he is not just
teaching the girls how to play soccer but he is teaching important life lessons
about working as a team, respecting your opponents, expecting the best from
yourself and winning (and loosing) with pride. The Falcons are lucky to have him
as our leader!"

U16 | Joe Grove

""I am the head coach, and Coach Joe Grove is the new assistant coach to the
Swarm this year. We had several new additions this spring. Joe G. stepped in
and led practices and created a learning environment for our team that was far
beyond my abilities. My own son has grown significantly due to Coach Joe G's
leadership of our team. It really was a fun year thanks to you and Sam joining
the team!"

U18 | Daryll Miller
"He recognizes their abilities and their limitations. When a player has the ability to
give more on the field, Darryl asks for it. When Darryl sees a player giving his all,
he commends it. He encourages and supports every player and openly
communicates with players' parents. I feel so fortunate that my son has had the
opportunity to play for Darryl!

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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