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Annual Awards

2020 ohio south youth soccer award Winners

 

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year | Sara Moyer
Sara is a former youth select soccer player herself.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She led teams to multiple tournament championships and consistently maintained a top position in MVYSA.  Sara embodies the dedication, encouragement, and attention that is required for a standout youth athletics coach and mentor.  Her tireless devotion to youth soccer can be observed on the pitch more than 5 days a week during the season.  While out of season, she is still involved with winter and summer training. Whether teaching young academy level soccer players on the weekend or coaching her U10 Celtic girls’ teams during the week, she never misses a beat. Her calm demeanor, support, and positivity shine through all situations, compelling young players to maintain their love for the game and challenging them to take the next step. As a coach of the Celtic U10 Girls during the COVID- 19 pandemic, Sara and her coaching staff maintained constant communication with players during the quarantine with entertaining and innovative Zoom training sessions. Whether up or down, the team and parents always know they can depend on her for steady guidance with full transparency while keeping the best interest of the kids at heart.
 
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year | Garrett Szabo
Garrett holds a USSF Grassroots license and over 2 decades of top-level playing experience, including representing the Ohio South State Team from 2010-2013 through ODP, being a CUP alum and playing soccer at the collegiate level. Garrett brings unparalleled enthusiasm, positivity, and excitement to every practice.  He encourages players to understand that our own actions and reactions are the only things within our control and to make the right decisions with them.  His 4 main pillars are: communication, healthy competition, hard work, and passion.  His love and passion for both the game and his players shine through in everything he does, both on and off the field.  Garrett’s innovation, leadership, and love of teaching soccer equipped him to pioneer uncharted territory when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.  Garrett was a rock through all the disappointment and did everything he could to convey a sense of normalcy, consistency, and safety to the boys during a time of isolation.
 
Girls Recreational Coach of the Year | Adam Holleran
Adam demonstrates the utmost respect to his players, fans, and referees.  He uses encouraging language and always supports his players.   He also encourages them to be supportive of each other and makes a point to acknowledge when he witnesses them doing so.  Adam works to help each player understand the entire game of soccer and learn to be both an offensive and defensive player.  Adam also applies his career in Physical Therapy to condition the team by incorporating stretching, balancing and strength training to help prevent injuries.
 
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year | Tyler Marinelli
Tyler has a passion and enthusiasm for the sport of soccer. Soccer started early in her life and it has been important ever since. She began her coaching career with the Westerville Amateur Soccer Association in 2015.  As the first season wrapped up there was no doubt in Tyler’s mind that she wanted to continue to be a coach.  Tyler’s coaching philosophy is centered around three basic principles; learn something new every game/practice, bring your soccer ears and eyes, and HAVE FUN!  Tyler is constant in her care and concern for each player.  She is both compassionate and instructive.  She promotes sportsmanship as a pillar of her coaching philosophy. She sets the expectation of “positive speak” regardless of the situation by encouraging both parents and players to be respectful of all players regardless of abilities.   The skills she teaches the players are lessons that can be translated outside the soccer field. 

 

TopSoccer Buddy of the Year | Eszter Tari

Eszter recently came to the US as a foreign exchange student.  Her family is Hungarian and lives in Slovakia.  Her host family has long supported TOPSoccer including a former buddy who has now returned to volunteer as an adult.  When Eszter arrived, she was immediately looking for avenues to volunteer and knowing that she wanted to be a Special Education Teacher, her host family recommended TOPSoccer. Since her first practice, Eszter has been a faithful volunteer coming early to every practice and game to help set up, working with any player that needs help, and staying late to clean up.  Her demeanor is humble and willing.  She is sweet and gentle with the players.  She puts them at ease and is quick to laugh and engage with them- even with English not being her first language.  The players and families have quickly and eagerly accepted Eszter into our TOPSoccer family.

TOPSoccer Coach of the Year | Bill Rogers

Bill comes from a soccer family. Bill as well as his wife and daughters all played and coached soccer.  His TOP Soccer involvement includes his son Billy.  For over ten years, Bill and Billy have come to every game and practice for the Eastside team.  Bill is a part of our foundation.  He continues to give players and families that confident, safe environment that give our athletes an enjoyment of the sport. Bill’s practices teach both players who need more assistance as well as challenges the more advanced players.  Bill knows all the players on the opposing teams by name.  He is not shy about sharing a laugh, keeping it fun for all players and teams.  Bill is one of the reasons we have a wonderful program for our families as well as the soccer community.  In addition to TOPSoccer, Bill also coaches softball and basketball with the SNAPDragons, another volunteer program for over 120 special needs athletes. 

Volunteer of the Year | Zack Cline

Zack has been involved as a coach and volunteer to help set up and maintain fields with the Bellbrook Soccer Association.  Zack has played sports for forty years and says he owes a great deal of his character, compassion, and team-first attitude to soccer.  It has taught him invaluable lessons on and off the pitch that cannot be replicated anywhere else.  He volunteers as a coach and board member to pass on lessons he has learned throughout the years to the next generation of soccer players.  As soon as both of his sons were old enough to play soccer they started playing.  Through soccer, they built relationships with teammates and coaches which allowed them to grow and cultivate a love of competition that is unique to a tight knit soccer team. 

Administrator of the Year | Colleen Sanford

Colleen is the Director of Recreational Soccer for Bellbrook Soccer Association.  She is a mother of three active boys, all of whom play soccer for Bellbrook Soccer Association and Ohio Fusion Soccer Club.  During the fall and spring recreational soccer season she spends about 20+ hours a week preparing for the season.  This includes team assignments, coaching requirements/compliance, ordering and distributing player uniforms and ball bags, field setup and website maintenance.  This past spring, she also organized a donation collection and garage sale of used soccer cleats and shin guards. 

Young Female Referee of the Year | Autumn Arthur

Soccer has been a huge part of Autumn’s life for as long as she can remember.  She began playing soccer at the age of 4.  She went and played club soccer at CUSA, then NWC, and then on to play for Miamisburg High school.  Soccer has been such a fun part of her childhood, that she wants to make sure other kids have the same positive experience.  Her involvement in soccer has not only helped her be a better referee, but a better person as well. Autumn says being a female referee has definitely brought some challenges, but it is great to represent such a small percentage of people in the referee community.  She leads by example but can also follow when appropriate both on and off the field.  She has shown steady improvement and development through these past few years and it will be great to see where she goes in the years to come both officiating and otherwise. 

Young Male Referee of the Year | Quentin Shalawylo

Quentin’s older siblings played soccer, so he grew up on the soccer field.  He started doing soccer drills when he was 3 years old.  He has a deep passion for the game. His involvement in soccer gave him a hard work ethic.  He has refereed many tournaments with high-level referees who have given him advice and helped him to develop his skills.  The steps he has taken to advance youth soccer are to always teach the children who are playing about sportsmanship.  This is shown in talking to the players and instructing them to abide by the rules.  During his years refereeing, Quentin has developed many meaningful relationships with other referees and coaches to help make a positive impact on youth soccer and society.

Goal of the Year | Roman Elizaga
  • Age: U13
  • Seasonal Year: 2019-20
  • Club: Barça Academy Columbus
  • Description: Free kick goal from 40 yards out to upper 90!
  • Video Linkhttps://youtu.be/cADJmahH79k
Save of the Year  | Luke Ruetschle

YouTube video link of save

https://youtu.be/QH2IEJITVzM

 

2019 Ohio South Youth Soccer Award Winners

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

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Matt Brandenburg -  OSYSA Recreational Coach of the Year, Jeff Bardonaro  - OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, Mark Kamphuis - OSYSA Girls Coach of the Year, Jeremy Daubner - Young Male Referee of the Year, Maya Ryder - Young Girl Referee of the Year, Regional & National Award Winner, Chris Hovde - OSYSA Administrator of the Year & Regional Award Winner, Bernard Oriol - OSYSA TOPSoccer Coach  of the Year.
 

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Gordon Henderson, OSYSA Executive Director - Jeff Bardonaro, OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year - Bill Glaze, OSYSA Assistant Executive Director/ Director of Coaching
 
Jeff Bardonaro | Butler United SC | 2019 OSYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
 
Jeff spends a lot of time for the betterment of the athletes by reviewing strategies, teaching points, and areas of improvement.  He has immersed himself in the soccer world and his enthusiasm and knowledge is contagious.  Coaching must be in his DNA because it is such a natural part of his persona.  His position as a mentor, instructor, and leader out on the pitch is instinctively accepted by the players on his team.  They seem to flourish and grow under his tutelage. Athletes clamor to be on his teams – not because the teams are successful (though they are), but because they know they will learn to be better players and people under his guidance.
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Gordon Henderson, OSYSA Executive Director - Mark Kamphuis, OSYSA  Girls Competitive Coach of the Year - Bill Glaze, OSYSA Assistant Executive Director/ Director of Coaching
 
Mark Kamphuis | Lakota FC | 2019 OSYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
 
Mark’s dedication to his players shines through, and his passion for the game is contagious to his players.  He creates an environment where players feel supported by one another and are excited to come to practices and games.  Mark embodies respect for all those involved in the game and is a role model on sportsmanship for his players and club.  He is very involved in the soccer community and community at large.   He creates space for players to express themselves and to step into leadership roles.  He often gives them earned decision making authority on the field during games, practices, and warmups.  His players are often seen at local camps such as Soccer Unlimited camp or the Xavier camp as well as participating in OSYSA ODP.  You may see him volunteering at the local high school concession stand or at the Buckeye and GSCL league scheduling meetings as the club field coordinator.  Mark is always giving his own time to chaperone social activities, write recommendations for others, and lend a helping hand to anyone he can.
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Gordon Henderson, OSYSA Executive Director - Matt Brandenburg  OSYSA  Recreational Coach of the Year - Bill Glaze, OSYSA Assistant Executive Director/ Director of Coaching
 
Matt Brandenburg | Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association | 2019 OSYSA Recreational Coach of the Year
 
Matt does a fantastic job coaching each player on his team at their current ability level and pushes them to be the best players they can be. He is inclusive with every player and keeps them both engaged and interested during practice.  If a player wants to try a new position, he will allow them to try even if it might sacrifice a goal or win.  Matt is dedicated to helping the players improve at the sport, while also maintaining a family element by creating a personal bond with the kids on the team. 
 
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TOPSoccer Players with Randy Corey, Cincinnati TOPSoccer
 
Liberty Messer | 2019 TopSoccer Buddy of the Year| 2019 Regional Award Winner
 
Liberty has been working with TopSoccer for 5 years.  She is an excellent TOPSoccer buddy, volunteer and advocate.   She is an amazing young woman with a heart for others. Everything about her spirit and energy is positive toward helping TopSoccer athletes have a great experience with the game of soccer. In addition to TopSoccer, she volunteers with special needs students at her high school while also working privately with several families of children with special needs.  Liberty is known for her encouraging smile.   She is also known for showing up early and staying late.  This effort is such a big help to an all-volunteer organization.  Liberty is very deserving of this recognition as TopSoccer Buddy of the Year for her leadership and amazing heart for others.
 
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TOPSoccer Players with Bernard Oriol, OSYSA TOPSoccer coach of the year.
 
Bernard Oriol | 2019 TopSoccer Coach of the Year
 
Bernard has been volunteering for Cincinnati Top Soccer for several years.  He has been an assistant coach for the Kickers group for 3 years.  This year, Bernard stepped up to take on a head coach position to fill a critical opening in the organization.  Bernard’s leadership has been evident for many years.  He has always been extremely positive and motivated to make the program the best it can be.  He does this by eagerly attending coach training, actively engaging with leadership, coaches, parents and players and by keeping himself fully informed/educated.  He proactively seeks opportunities to learn and offer help wherever it is needed.
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Gordon Henderson, OSYSA Executive Director -Chris Hovde, OSYSA  Girls Competitive Coach of the Year & Regional Award Winner - Bill Glaze, OSYSA Assistant Executive Director/ Director of Coaching

Chris Hovde | Southeast Cincinnati Soccer Association | 2019 Administrator of the Year| 2019 Regional Award Winner

Chris began his soccer involvement coaching his children.  He then joined the Southeast Soccer Association Board.  When the long time SCSA President decided it was time to pass on his leadership role, Chris stepped up to fill some very big shoes (even though his son was no longer playing soccer with SCSA).  Chris has improved player registration and has used social media to improve the membership. SCSA and it’s 750 young men as well as our community have benefited from Chris’s enthusiastic leadership through the years.  Chris is deserving as recognition of Administrator of the Year for his leadership in keeping SCSA a quality organization as well as a value to our community.
 
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BJ Jabbari, OSYSA SYRA - Maya Ryder, OSYSA Female Referee of the Year , Regional & National Award Winner- Bill Glaze, OSYSA Assistant Executive Director/ Director of Coaching
 
Maya Ryder | 2019 Young Female Referee of the Year| 2019 Regional Award Winner
 
Maya began playing soccer when she was 5 years old and started refereeing in 2016.  Maya’s desire to get better in refereeing led to the confidence and capacity to referee as a center official within her first year of refereeing.  Most recently this was acknowledged by her selection to attend the 2019 Midwest Regional Championships of the National Cup series, with very positive reviews of her work at the event.  Maya’s keen personal interest and persistent application of her talents to the game of soccer support this nomination.  Maya is also involved in many community service efforts to help influence, impact, and better her community.
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BJ Jabbari  OSYSA SYRA - Jeremy Daubner, OSYSA Young Male  Referee of the Year - Ken Baldeosingh, OSYSA SRA
 
Jeremy Daubner  | 2019 Young Male Referee of the Year
 
Jeremy had always wanted to become a referee since he was 5 years old.  He took the Grade 8 entry level course as soon as he was old enough.  Starting in the Fall of 2015, he would referee as many games as his limited schedule allowed.   He even stopped playing to be able to devote more time to refereeing both youth and high school.   Jeremy excels in many aspects of his life.  In terms of community involvement, Jeremy has gone beyond the call of action to serve his community.  Since 2015, his volunteer involvement with the City of Dublin has spanned from youth programs, Dublin Teen Corps, as a Park Ambassador, and to special events.   The Volunteer Coordinator expressed that Jeremy continually displays outstanding leadership skills by stepping up whenever he sees a need and acting immediately when there is a problem with excellent customer service along the way. Jeremy’s ultimate dream is to be a FIFA Referee. 
 
 
 

2018 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;

 

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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Paulo Barreto, Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
 
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year - Paulo Barreto

Paulo has been an extremely positive impact on soccer in the Warren county area.  He has a USSF “A“ license, professional experience in three continents, and over 20 years of experience as a trainer and Director of Coaching.  Not only has he raised each of his teams to high levels of success, but he has also infused his love of the game into the girls he has coached.  He dedicates many hours to analyzing teams, determining where the girls’ natural abilities will best suit them on the field, and training them on technique as well as working together as a unit.  Paulo brings his professional soccer experience from Brazil, and imparts the correct way to play “the beautiful game” to his students. 


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Neil Daniels, Boys Competitive Coach of the year

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year - Neil Daniels

Neil ‘s coaching philosophy is to help support and embrace each player and give the individual player opportunities to have fun, enjoy the game, and pursue excellence in their skill level as the player develops.  He believes soccer is a beautiful game and must be played with the right spirit.  The outcome of a match is not as important as the lasting impressions of teamwork and good sportsmanship.   Neil has completed his USSF “A” license and the National Youth license.  Neil has served as the Director of Coaching for the Ohio Galaxies FC high school club soccer program since 2001. He serves as the head coach and assistant coach of various Ohio Galaxies FC boys teams.  Neil is an active participant in the United Soccer Coaches Association and regularly attends the United Coaches/USYS annual convention.  His participation in training and development sessions offered at the annual events keeps him informed about trends and new techniques in the education and development of youth soccer players.


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Kendra Collins, Boys & Girls  Recreational Coach of the year

 

Boys & Girls Recreational Coach of the Year - Kendra Collins

This is the second year Kendra has directed and coached the U6/U7 program where the players practice one day a week in an academy style format and play 4v4 games on Sundays.  She was initially hesitant to take on this assignment as she was used to coaching older ages but jumped in with both feet and never looked back. Kendra has a USSF E license and has coached with Sporting Columbus/Crew SC since the fall of 2014. She has been an excellent role model and leader for not only the players but also the parents. She brings passion and energy on to the field and communicates weekly with parents promoting the importance of development (over winning) and proper sideline behavior. 


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Center: Elizabeth Sensel, TopSoccer Buddy of the Year - Right: Randy Corey, TOPSoccer 

TopSoccer Buddy of the Year - Elizabeth Sensel

Elizabeth started volunteering for TopSoccer in Mason in August 2016.  She started working with the “rollers” group, and as time passed she developed a relationship with the players who became very important to her.  In August 2018, on the first week of TopSoccer practices, Elizabeth was the only volunteer to show up for the rollers group, which had a record number of players.  While she was excited to have so many new players, she was devastated that she was the only volunteer and could not possibly push 19 wheelchairs by herself.   This started a zealous quest for more volunteers.  After soliciting friends, students, and teammates, Elizabeth again approached her school’s campus ministry in a final push for volunteers.  She told them she would help coordinate/track service hours and even help secure rides for the kids that didn’t drive.  After weeks of asking everyone she knew, she found out that there were 25-30 freshmen who signed up.

Elizabeth is a great athlete on the soccer field and a great person.  She loves to volunteer with Top Soccer and her passion for this organization shows when she works with the program.  Her stories show how much she loves teaching others and having fun with the kids. 

 


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Randy Corey, TopSoccer

TopSoccer Coach of the Year - Jim Conrady

Jim has been involved with Cincinnati TopSoccer for 19 years.  He began as a parent of a player (who is still playing) and quickly volunteered to coach a team.  Since that time, Jim has been a strong proponent of the program recruiting additional players and coaches.  Jim continually challenges himself and the entire coaching staff to be better than they were yesterday.  His compassion and genuine interest in each and every player is evident at all times.  The players love and respect him greatly.  Jim continually promotes TopSoccer throughout the community.  He provides information to other special needs programs in the area such as SNAPDragon baseball and basketball.  In 2018 alone Jim fostered a 56% growth in players for the Eastside location. Jim’s desire to provide the best possible experience for the kids is always at the forefront of his decisions and strategy.


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Kristi Thoroman, Volunteer of the year

Volunteer of the Year - Kristi Thoroman

When the Big Cat Soccer club was being formed, the founding coaches were sometimes overwhelmed with the new processes. The coaches had busy schedules with small children and full time jobs.  Kristi, a coach’s wife and soccer mom, stepped up to volunteer.  She supported the coaches and took care of paperwork and whatever else was needed. She took photos, uploaded documents and drove to Dayton get cards for the teams.  She did a tremendous amount to help the Big Cat Soccer club become a reality. We are very thankful for all the work she has done to help form the Big Cat Soccer Club.


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: Lisa Hausser, Administrator of the year

Administrator of the Year - Lisa Hausser

Lisa became involved in soccer when her oldest daughter started playing recreational soccer and her husband Greg was the team coach for the Lakota Sports Club.  Lisa started as a team mom, before becoming the Girls Registrar, and finally the Club Admin for all teams.  Lisa is involved in Tournament Registration, Player and Team Registration, and International Clearances.  She has worked diligently with the new registration system to get 3000+ players to a full online management and payment program.  She also works with admins to teach and develop best practices.  Lisa is an original board member of CUSC and is a critical part of Cincinnati United.


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Center: Michayla Lindemann, Young Referee of the year - Left: BJ Jabbari, OSYSA SYRA

Young Female Referee of the Year - Michayla Lindemann

Michayla began playing SAY soccer then played club soccer for Boro Blast, Warren County and Club Ohio through her 8th grade year.  She is on her third year of refereeing which has made her a more independent and responsible person.  Michayla always arrives early and prepared for every game without any complaints no matter the weather.  She has participated in multiple mentoring sessions looking to improve her skills as a referee. She is also a team player; she leads as an example, but can also follow when appropriate on the field.   Upon graduating from high school,  she plans on joining the Ohio National Guard Reserves while attending college. 


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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President - Right: BJ Jabbari, OSYSA SYRA

Young Male Referee of the Year - Tyler Myklebust

Tyler has been involved in soccer since he was four years old.  He played SAY soccer until he was seven and pivoted to club soccer from age 8 through high school.  He played for Cincinnati United as well as the Loveland High school soccer team.  Soccer has had an immense effect on his life.  He had to work hard to gain the endurance needed to pass the fitness tests and he needed to commit to hard work in order to progress.  The hard work and commitment translated to other aspects of his life in which he was the Salutatorian of the Loveland High School Class of 2018. In addition, playing soccer has improved his leadership qualities.  In order to improve his knowledge of the game, Tyler watched increased amounts of English Premier League matches.  In watching the games, he solely paid attention to the movements and signals of the Referees to help clarify both positioning on the field and foul recognition.

 


 

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;

 

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Left: John Ankeney, OSYSA Administrator of the Year, Right: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President

John Ankeney – OSYSA Administrator of the Year and Region II 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. 

 

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Left: Nick Russo, OSYSA Boys Recreational COY, Right: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President

 

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.

 

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Left: Mick Ludeke, Tom Ludeke OSYSA Top Soccer COY, Right: Randy Corey, Cincinnati Top Soccer ,John Ruffolo, OSYSA President

 

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.   

 

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Left: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President, Middle: Nikki Huber, Top Soccer Buddy of the Year, Left: Randy Corey, Cincinnati Top Soccer 

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.  

 

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Left: BJ Jabbari, OSYSA  SYRA, Brandon Cusmano, OSYSA Young Refeee of the Year Right: John Ruffolo, OSYSA President, Ken Baldeosingh, OSYSA SRA

 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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