Congratulations to the 2015 Ohio South Youth Soccer Award winners!!
Congratulations to Douglas Rabe for being named the 2015 OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Douglas Rabe, OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
Doug is a coach who promotes a positive environment for his players to learn the game of soccer. Doug has coached for many years and has coached all levels, from U8’s to high school and even amateur collegiate level athletes. The time and energy that Doug puts into coaching, teaching and training kids is above and beyond. He is dedicated to teaching youngsters the skills needed to play the game along with the benefit of teamwork, team bonding, and overall having fun. He focuses on finding each individual’s strengths and promoting those to overall increase the strength of the team. He deals well with athletes of both genders and all age levels and this is proven by many of the successful teams that he has coached.
Congratulations to Mary Raiff for being named the 2015 OSYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Mary Raiff, OSYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Mary is extremely active in the soccer community and has been a positive role model in the soccer community for over 20 years. She has a USSF “D” license and actively attends Regional Symposiums, the NSCAA Convention, and college/pro games whenever feasible. She is a strong advocate of good sportsmanship pertaining to players, parents and referees. Her players are always being challenged in a fun and safe learning environment. She forces them to play out of their comfort zone and to take risks as it relates to the game.
Congratulations to Tim Feldman for being named the 2015 OSYSA Boys Recreational Coach of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Tim Feldman, OSYSA Boys Recreational Coach of the Year
Tim has been working with children while coaching soccer for the past 22 years. While coaching recreational soccer these many years, his teams have won several league Championships. His training sessions are structured to build team confidence while having fun. He is currently on the SCSA Board of Directors, serving as Secretary. He also participates as an instructor for the combined GSE and SCSA programs to train young referees. Coach Tim teaches all aspects of soccer. He wants young players to have fun and learn to love the game of soccer.
Congratulations to Rich Mulvaney for being named the 2015 OSYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Rich Mulvaney, OSYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Rich coaches two teams in the Girls Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Assn. and is currently on the board. He stands for great sportsmanship and ensures that the players on his team, his other coaches and parents match his standards. Both of his teams have been awarded for great sportsmanship from the league. He ensures players have fun both in practice and in games. His philosophy is to teach and develop players – not winning.
Congratulations to Tom Keller for being named the 2015 OSYSA TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Tom Keller, OSYSA TopSoccer Coach of the Year
Tom has been working with TopSoccer for many years and is one of the rare individuals who saw the need and answered the call. He volunteered to help after seeing a news article in the program. Tom does not have a child in the program, yet he treats it as if he did. In fact, watching him with his team, you could say they are all his children. Tom also stepped up when a director spot opened up in the organization. While still coaching Tom is now also the Director of the Mason location of Cincinnati TopSoccer. Tom has invested in TOPSoccer and what it stands for. He pours his heart and soul into the program and involves his wife and son as well – also both dedicated volunteers.
Congratulations to Katarina Schneiderman for being named the 2015 OSYSA TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Katarina Schneiderman, OSYSA TopSoccer Buddy of the Year
Katarina volunteered for TopSoccer and became a TopSoccer Buddy to a blind child named Joey. What she did for Joey and his family was truly remarkable. She embraced Joey, taught him some soccer skills, was patient with him, even more than that she also became his friend. It takes a lot for blind child to feel comfortable with someone who has to lead them around and be their eyes. From the first day she met him, she made him feel comfortable and he was able to put his complete trust in her. Thanks to Katarina she helped make Joey's dream of soccer come true.
Congratulations to Jeff Rodriguez for being named the 2015 OSYSA Administrator of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Jeff Rodriguez, OSYSA Administrator of the Year
Jeff became involved in youth soccer in the late 1990’s. He started as a volunteer coach in the recreational program of Girls Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Assn. He served as a coach for many years and in 2004 was elected to the Board of Directors of the association and has served every year since that time. Jeff currently serves as Vice President and has been the Executive Director and over the years served in player placement and scheduling as well as other positions. His leadership and work has improved the association in many ways.
Congratulations to Mary Jane Rumpke for being named the 2015 OSYSA Volunteer of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: MaryJane Rumpke, OSYSA Volunteer of the Year
Mary Jane has been involved in soccer since the early 80’s. She has coached, refereed, and helped with organization, and paperwork. She has coached many teams through recreational soccer. She has instilled the love of the game in many children over the last 30 years. She is always willing to jump in to help when needed. She volunteers much of her time in the community and through church, community events, and soccer.
Congratulations to Caroline Heberle for being named the 2015 OSYSA Female Young Referee of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Caroline Heberle, OSYSA Young Female Referee of the Year
Caroline is a student at Pickerington North High school. She has 4.11 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Drug free Club of America, a Varsity soccer player, and lead writer for the school publication the North Star. Caroline became a soccer player at the age of four and is the captain of her club team FC42. She became a referee in the spring of 2010, at the age of 12. She has refereed for many leagues and dozens of tournaments including the OSYSA State Cup tournament.
Congratulations to Austin Schoening for being named the 2015 OSYSA Male Young Referee of the Year
Left: James Waldron, OSYSA Vice President Right: Austin Schoening, OSYSA Young Male Referee of the Year
Austin began playing recreational soccer at the age of four. At eight years of age, he began playing competitive soccer and played for seven years. His interest in becoming a referee started at a young age and he took the referee course as soon as he was eligible. Soccer has given him the confidence to take on new challenges. As a player he learned about winning and losing and playing to the best of his ability. As a referee, he learned how to deal with difficult situations and how to be a leader.