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High School Coach of Significance Award

The High School Coach of Significance Award is intended to recognize members who are coaching for character, using the soccer field to teach life lessons at the high school level. It is an opportunity for each state, in conjunction with United Soccer Coaches, to recognize excellence and the chance to share stories of how coaches are making an impact within their schools and communities well beyond their records of wins and losses.


  • Nominations will be accepted from February 1 – April 1 (11:59 p.m. CST) Delayed to Summer 2022.
  • The online nomination form and at least one letter of reference is submitted for each nominee.
  • Nominations will be submitted to the selection committee that has national, regional, and state representation.
  • One recipient will be selected per state.
  • Recipients will be announced in the fall.


Review the Criteria

The nominee meets the following:

  • Is a high school head coach.
  • Demonstrated character through education and leadership within his/her team, school or community.
  • Expresses concern and support for others.
  • Serves as an inspiration through accomplishments and leadership.
  • Will need to be a United Soccer Coaches member if selected and chooses to accept the award. However the nominee does not need to be a current United Soccer Coaches member to be nominated.

Letter of Support

Prepare a one page letter of support for the nomination that includes details about the nominee relative to the award criteria. You will be required to upload the letter of support to the form or enter it manually as text before the form can be submitted. Up to three letters will be accepted.


If possible, please submit one or more photos of the coach that you are nominating. Photos will be used to highlight Coach of Significance winners.

Recipients of the 2021 High School Coach of Significance Award are listed alphabetically by state:

State Honoree High School City
Alabama Jeremy Hampton Tuscaloosa Academy Tuscaloosa
Arizona Andrew Barber Highland Gilbert
Arkansas Michael Klucher North Little Rock North Little Rock
Colorado Kevin Ray Fountain Valley School Colorado Springs
Connecticut Paul Winstanley Joel Barlow Redding
Florida Kevin Schoensee Canterbury Ft. Myers
Georgia Daniel Klinect Parkview Lilburn
Idaho Richard Whitelaw Sun Valley Community Sun Valley
Illinois Michael Robey Arthur Christian Arthur
Indiana Jerry Little North Central Indianapolis
Kansas Kyle Conley Louisburg louisburg
Kentucky Lisa Correa Bowling Green Bowling Green
Louisiana John Carriere Lafayette Lafayette
Maine Kurt Swanbeck Hebron Academy Hebron
Maryland Jeff Colsh Middletown Middletown
Massachusetts Evren Gunduz Dover-Sherborn Regional Dover
Michigan Evan Baker Waterford Mott Westland
Minnesota Reuben Ndely Minneapolis Washburn Minneapolis
Mississippi Luke Smith Clarkdale Meridan
Missouri Wade Vandelicht Southern Boone Ashland
Nebraska Mike Ziola Waverly Waverly
New Hampshire Peter Lally Manchester Central Manchester
New Jersey Bill Mulvihill Moorestown Moorestown
New Mexico Greg Rusk Sue Cleveland Rio Rancho
New York Jesseca Kulesa Hauppauge Hauppauge
North Carolina Jeffrey Dresser Carmel Christian Matthews
Ohio Mahamoud Samantar Northland columbus
Pennsylvania Michael Missmer Northampton Area Northampton
Tennessee Gordon Heins Knoxville Catholic Knoxville
Texas Kent Ackmann Princeton Princeton
Virginia Robert O’Brien Jamestown Williamsburg
Wisconsin JohnBurke Foran New Berlin
Wyoming Rebecca Valdez Cheyenne East Cheyenne

The fifth annual class represents a total of 33 states. The goal is to annually recognize a recipient from all 50 states.