Annual Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Ohio South Youth Soccer Award winners!!

Ohio South Youth Soccer would like to thank the award winners for all the time, effort and hard work these individuals have dedicated to youth soccer.  



Tom Presthus – OSYSA Competitive Boys Coach of the Year

Tom encourages sportsmanship each and every day in training and games. Coach Tom has been a coach with the Crew SC Player Development program for the past 7 years.  As a former player of Columbus Crew SC, it is understandable to see him relate to the advanced player and have success with Crew SC Pre-Academy teams, but what makes Tom special is his ability to also work with young players. Tom currently has a U.S.S.F  F license, is in communication with U.S Soccer for advancement onto his “C” or “B” license and is an evaluator for the Pro team.  He is currently a board member on the Crew SC foundation, which coordinates fundraising to benefit underprivileged soccer programs.  Players start each practice with giving high fives to each other, and are taught to treat each other with respect. Coach Tom is constantly willing to go above and beyond the program standards/ requirements by offering additional playing opportunities such as pick up soccer over the summer to indoor over the winter.  His competitive spirit and knowledge of the game allows players to maximize their potential while developing a passion for the game.


Josh Sullenberger – OSYSA Competitive Girls Coach of the Year

Josh is very active in the soccer community.  He attends games of other teams and positively influences older or younger, better or weaker teams.  To continue his education Josh has his E license and has taken the goalkeeper course.  He promotes sportsmanship in a huge way.  He pushes players to do their best through practices and games.  Josh’s philosophy is 100% effort at all times.  Winning or losing doesn’t matter to him, he just wants players to put their all into every practice and game.


Greg Willis – OSYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year

Greg’s leadership has gone above and beyond to develop teams.  He is much more than a youth coach; he is a teacher, mentor and community leader.  Greg played sports in college and always looked back on his experiences with the coaches that he had growing up.  He is able to use his past experiences and is able to motivate the variety of kids and their backgrounds so they will have a positive experience when it comes to sports. Greg has coached 5 years of recreational boy’s soccer, 3 years of recreational girl’s soccer and 3 years of competitive boy’s soccer.  Greg is a great role model for players.  He makes a point of developing a sense of pride in sportsmanship. 


Nick Russo – OSYSA Boys Recreational Coach of the Year

Nick has been coaching in the Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association for fourteen seasons.  He began as a parent and stepped up to coach his son’s team.  All of these years later, his enthusiasm for the game has only grown greater. Beyond coaching his team Nick steps up to help his league.  When there are coaches meeting, he asks in advance, “What can I do to help?”  Beyond congratulatory appreciation, parents added that this is a well-deserved honor and shared their appreciation of how Coach Nick has worked with their sons.


Tom Ludeke – OSYSA TOPSoccer Coach of the Year

Tom is a long-time coach that embodies the full spirit of Top Soccer.   He always welcomes each child with a warm heart, making kids and their parents feel welcomed.  Tom works very hard to provide a fun and productive experience for all players, and parents too.  Tom shows flexibility and adaptability each practice or game day.  He is creative in the way to coach the children while remaining focused on the kids having fun.  It takes a great skill to be able to balance both and he makes it seem easy.   


Jodi Manger – OSYSA Volunteer of the Year

Jodi joined the Botkins Soccer Club board in 2011. Jodi has shown that she is one who can truly unite others.  Numbers in the club have gone up since she became the board president.  With her guidance, the board was also able to find more people to help coach teams and join the board.  She created and updated registrations and sponsor forms. She attended Village Council meetings and Botkins school board meetings. By doing so she made sure they were aware of the clubs needs. Jodi’s involvement highlighted all of her strengths.  Jodi also helped support the Kickin’ It in the Dark 3v3 tournament that they Botkins varsity coach organizes. She has moved to a chairperson position with the Botkins Soccer club, and she is still very involved with other community organizations.


John Ankeney – OSYSA Administrator of the Year

John was instrumental in the formation of the Beavercreek Soccer Association in 1975. Today, under the leadership of John Ankeney, the association supports 2500 players across 74 competitive teams and 100 recreational teams.  Participating BSA players and their families live in over 50 different towns and cities in Ohio South.  John works with a variety of soccer programs across the area in order to promote and foster the game and provide Ankeney Soccer Complex as a soccer facility for their use.  John’s expertise in the development and management of Ankeney soccer complex is widely recognized in the Dayton area.  John has donated countless hours of his time and expertise to support the development of numerous additional soccer fields for both the community and local soccer clubs. 


Nikki Huber – OSYSA TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year

Nikki has been involved with the TopSoccer community throughout her high school years. While she is a senior now, she still plans to stay involved.  She has been a buddy with the Rollers program and a variety of ages.  She has helped with the fall league, tournament, spring sessions and summer camps.   Her positive attitude advances the game and makes other people want to participate as players and volunteers.  On the field, she is consistently one of the first to arrive and last to leave.  She encourages players to be active and excited in the games.  Nikki is one of the rare volunteers who gives so much of herself because she truly loves the kids and the program.  


Brandon Cusmano – OSYSA Male Young Referee of the Year

Soccer has been a part of Brandon’s life since his earliest memories.  His love for officiating began by watching his father officiate. At age twelve, Brandon began officiating.  Brandon has been successful as a referee officiating some of the top tier leagues and tournaments; MRL, NPL, OSSL, BPYSL, Blue Chip and State Cup. He has enjoyed sharing his passion for the game by exposing others to the game.  He plays three sports in High School. Many times he finds himself explaining the finer details of the rules of soccer to his teammates and coaches.  Being an official is one of the most influential things he has experienced.  These opportunities have helped him take responsibilities for the way he conducts himself. 


Lauren Toadvine – OSYSA Female Young Referee of the Year

Lauren was involved in soccer at a very young age.  Starting out playing recreational soccer, she continued to grow and play more, due to her love of the game. Eventually, she played club to better herself, and ultimately ended up playing high school soccer and officiating.   Soccer has taught her a lot about teamwork, discipline, and leadership.  Moral and ethical behavior is of the upmost importance to her.  She believes respecting people on and off of the field is absolutely necessary.  She often visits other referees’ games, in order to observe and learn how to better herself.  She volunteers with several organizations in the community helping the local and broader communities. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Ohio South Youth Soccer Award winners!!

Ohio South Youth Soccer would like to thank the award winners for all the time, effort and hard work these individuals have dedicated to youth soccer.  



Congratulations to Josh Hertenstein for being named the

2016 OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
Left: Josh Hertenstein, OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year Right: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President 

Josh began his coaching career in the Fall of 2008, while coaching his oldest daughter’s U6 recreational team.    It started out as nothing more than a dad volunteering  for a club;  but quickly turned to more.  He currently coaches the U10 Boys Wapak Rider FC and the WSC Lady Riders in the MVYSA league.  He loves the game and wants his players and the community to love the game.  He is always encouraging his players to better themselves.  Josh wants every player on the field to have fun. He believes if you aren’t having fun you won’t play your best.   He also volunteers at the local indoor soccer complex.  Josh only wants to better himself…so he can bring out the best of those around him. 

Congratulations to David Robertson for being named the
2016 OSYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: David Robertson, OSYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year

Coach Robertson loves the game of soccer.  He promotes the sport and players at all levels. He currently coaches CUP  teams in Cincinnati.   He is a great role model and advocate for the game.  He creates practice environments in which the athletes can improve their overall skills while making it fun and competitive.  He is also a strong advocate for his athletes to seek higher competition as well as growth within other activities such as ODP, ID camps, and other soccer activities.  Overall, Coach Robertson is an excellent developer of talent.  He allows players to grow during the critical times as an athlete as well as a person.


Congratulations to Todd Zech for being named the
2016 OSYSA Boys Recreational Coach of the Year
Left:Todd Zech, OSYSA Boys Recreational Coach of the Year Right: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President 

Todd has been coaching soccer for over 26 years.  He is a father that stepped up to coach his daughter when she started soccer.  He is currently coaching his grandaughters’s Dribbler team and the boys Passer team that includes a family friend.  For many years he has coached multiple teams in recreational leagues and club programs.  As a coach Todd has developed players by continuing his teams until they aged out of his program as well as preparing players for competitive soccer.  As evidenced by his team’s play, his players understand not only how to play the game but also how to follow the rules of the game.    Todd’s commitment to youth sports and soccer has positively impacted our community.  Besides coaching, Todd has been a board member of Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association for over fifteen years.     



Congratulations to Mas Ionna for being named the
2016 OSYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: Mas Ionna, OSYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Coach Ionna has coached girls soccer for the last 5 years (U6-U10/11) and during that time also coached one season of U6 boys.  Four of the five years he has also been a board member with Girls Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association. Mas has developed as a coach during these last five years.  He brings a fundamental focused and “team” emphasis base to coaching. The common core players have returned every season and as a group have become a dominant “team” that has grown together and developed a core foundation of knowledge and skills of the game.  Coach Ionna has consistently throughout the years of coaching promoted sportsmanship through both action and instruction to his teams and their parents. Coach Mas’s leadership has resulted in Cup Finals and Champions on top of the fun and bonding his players have achieved.   Throughout his endeavors in the community and his children’s school, he regularly talks about the benefits of the game of soccer and encourages parents to get their children involved in the game.

Congratulations to Randy Corey for being named the
2016 OSYSA TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: Randy Corey, OSYSA TopSoccer Coach of the Year

Randy has been involved with TopSoccer for more than a decade.   Not only is he an awesome volunteer coach, but he also spends an incredible amount of his personal time volunteering as the President of Cincinnati TopSoccer.  The program would not be the same without him.   One of Randy’s greatest achievements is the largest annual event TopSoccer Fall Tournament in the nation.  It is a fun-filled day focusing on the players, coaches, families and volunteers.  Everyone comes together to play soccer, eat, enjoy games, face painting, petting animals and listen to music.  He has fulfilled a dream for the kids of TOPSoccer and their families, a dream they didn’t know they had or even wanted.  His dream began with seeing past the kids’ disabilities and into their hearts.  They all want to be athletes.  They all want to be good at something.  They all want to be part of a team and feel like winners.  Randy has created and environment for just that.  His tireless commitment to TopSoccer, both administratively and as a coach, is clearly evident by the amount of smiling kids in the program.  



Congratulations to Tessa Doan for being named the
2016 OSYSA TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
Tessa began volunteering with Cincinnati TOPSoccer in 2014.  She plays on the Varsity soccer team at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.   She was recruited from her school by older volunteers.  She was hooked from day one. She was immediately comfortable working with some of the most severely disabled kids – and they love her.  Tessa’s positive attitude advances the game and makes people want to participate as a player and volunteer.  She shows maturity and leadership skills as she interacts with the players and other buddies.  On the field, she is one of the first to arrive and the last to leave.  She encourages the players to be active and excited in the games.  Tessa is one of the rare volunteers who gives so much of herself because she truly loves the kids and the program.



Congratulations to James Waldron for being named the
2016 OSYSA Administrator of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: James Waldron, OSYSA Administrator of the Year
Jim has been a strong, active and outstanding administrator for youth soccer since 1975. He began as a coach with Girls Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association.  Then in 1976 he was elected  Board of Directors of GSE and then 1977, President of GSE.  He has continuously served as President since that time.   He has been a board member of the board of directors for Ohio South Youth Soccer Association since 1978.  He was founder of the Cincinnati United Soccer League (now named Greater Cincinnati Soccer League) and has served as President since 2002.  Jim has served in many capacities from parent, coach, and several other youth soccer organizations.  Jim has worked to bring the best quality soccer education to all players in Ohio South.  He has spent countless hours making sure that soccer, “the game for kids” was conducted properly and that every player in Ohio South had every opportunity to participate and enjoy the great sport.  Jim’s commitment from the heart that he has given and continues to give to soccer families in Ohio is immeasurable. His leadership qualities and dedication to the “game” are second to none.



Congratulations to Michael Bolton for being named the
2016 OSYSA Volunteer of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: Michael Bolton OSYSA Volunteer of the Year
Michael has been an avid soccer player all of his life, but even more so when their boys starting playing at the age of 3 years old in Bellbrook. While focusing on soccer, he also relates lessons learned on the field to challenges in life and how each boy can be a better person.  He acknowledges that life is full of challenges and successes, and then explains how to grow from each experience.   He is an outstanding role model and philanthropist in every community he touches.   Michael doesn’t just volunteer for soccer.  As a he Taekwondo black belt and National winner, Mike volunteered to help 50+ students develop their martial art skills – physically, mentally and emotionally. He also volunteered for the US Air Force Marathon, protecting 15,000 runners from dangers of the open road.   He nobly volunteers his time to the wellbeing of our youth.  He is a true humanitarian and perceives his time, effort and coaching as an investment in the leaders of tomorrow. 



Congratulations to Stephanie Robbins for being named the
2016 OSYSA Female Young Referee of the Year
Left: James Cline, Formerly OSYSA President Right: Stephanie Robbins, OSYSA Young Female Referee of the Year
Stephanie has been playing soccer for the past 12 years. Stephanie is from Loveland, Ohio.  She has been refereeing soccer for the past 3 years.  She attended 3 Youth referee academies in addition to the Women’s Academy at Ohio Galaxies Showcase.  She plays soccer for the Alliance Cincinnati Elite Blue and has played for CSA since she was 7 years old. She has volunteered with this club during winter training.  She currently plays soccer for the Loveland High School Women’s program.  Along with volunteering with her soccer club, Stephanie also helps out at her high school Summer Soccer camp and frequently volunteers with the Loveland Youth Soccer program.  .   As part of her academic work, Stephanie takes college classes at the University of Cincinnati.  She has a 3.9 GPA and plans to attend the United States Military Academy after graduating High School.  


Congratulations to Soham Basu for being named the
2016 OSYSA Male Young Referee of the Year

Soham is a bright young man from Cincinnati, Ohio.   He played soccer for Ohio Elite and for Cincinnati Country Day.  He was the captain of his high school team, MVC 1st team, and all Southwest and regional finalists during his senior year.  In 2012, he traveled with Ohio Elite to Argentina where he stayed and trained with Gimnasia.  He has been refereeing since 2012 in Ohio South and hopes to continue staying in touch with the game of soccer by refereeing. He graduated from Cincinnati Country Day high school in 2016 where he was president of the Honor Council and Model United Nations Club.  He was also vice president of the Fred Carey Golf Classic that raised over $20,000 for a school scholarship. He is a freshman at Darmouth College studying government and public policy.