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:
|Alabama||Jeremy Hampton||Tuscaloosa Academy||Tuscaloosa|
|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|
|Idaho||Richard Whitelaw||Sun Valley Community||Sun Valley|
|Illinois||Michael Robey||Arthur Christian||Arthur|
|Indiana||Jerry Little||North Central||Indianapolis|
|Kentucky||Lisa Correa||Bowling Green||Bowling Green|
|Maine||Kurt Swanbeck||Hebron Academy||Hebron|
|Massachusetts||Evren Gunduz||Dover-Sherborn Regional||Dover|
|Michigan||Evan Baker||Waterford Mott||Westland|
|Minnesota||Reuben Ndely||Minneapolis Washburn||Minneapolis|
|Missouri||Wade Vandelicht||Southern Boone||Ashland|
|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|
|Pennsylvania||Michael Missmer||Northampton Area||Northampton|
|Tennessee||Gordon Heins||Knoxville Catholic||Knoxville|
|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.