2017 Youth Coach of the Year:
Lorne Donaldson, Executive Director of Coaching/President at Real Colorado
Lorne Donaldson reached the pinnacle of soccer at the age of 17 when he made his first appearance with the Jamaican National team. After coming to America in 1980, he became a three time All-American at Metro State College, the first soccer player inducted into the Metro College Hall of Fame, and transitioned into coaching as a player/coach for the Denver Kickers and professional team, the Colorado Foxes. After successful stints with both, including two APSL National Championships with the Colorado Foxes, Lorne began investing his time in youth soccer, specifically with Douglas County Blast, currently Real Colorado, in 1997. Under his vision and leadership, Real Colorado has grown to be regularly considered one of the top 20 clubs in the country and a pioneer in the US Soccer Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League. Off the field, Lorne was co-founder of the Black Soccer Coaches Association of America helping to bring African and Caribbean players and coaches a better understanding of the American soccer culture. He has been an accomplished instructor with United Soccer Coaches and was inducted into the Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement in youth soccer. Lorne continues to work with Real Colorado's Chief Operating Officer and the Board of Directors in keeping Real Colorado at the top of the youth soccer scene in the United States.