Each month Illinois Youth Soccer will honor a deserving Boys Competitive Coach, Girls Competitive Coach, Recreational Coach, volunteer, administrator & TOPSoccer Buddy. Monthly honorees also earn a nomination for the yearly Illinois Youth Soccer awards in the same category.
Monthly award nominations are due no later than the 24th of each month
Monthly award winners will be honored at select Chicago Fire home games during the 2016 MLS season.
April Illinois Youth Soccer/ Chicago Fire Award Winners
Sports Authority Competitive Coach Of Month
Crystal Lake Force
|According to Rockall he “stumbled into coaching by accident and never looked back.” This accident has proven to be a benefit for the Crystal Lake Force organization where he coaches a variety of U13 – U16 teams that participate in everything from State Cup, Presidents Cup, State Premiership, MRL, YSSL and IWSL. Rockall is also a member of the Illinois ODP staff where he is the 2002 Girls Younger Head Coach, overseeing over 62 players. His attention to detail, professionalism and dedication to his ODP age group allowed for more than expected ’02 players to participate in the Puma Cup and represent Illinois ODP at the event. While other age groups had two teams at most, Rockall successfully managed and coached three teams at the event. For Coach Rockall, “The most rewarding part of coaching is any moment when one of our players or teams gets rewarded for the hard work they have put in.”
Sports Authority Recreational Coach Of Month
Richmond Spring Grove Soccer Association
|A native of Wisconsin, Coach Willy Frericks was was a collegiate hockey player from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Now an “E” licensed soccer coach, Frericks is a father of four young female athletes and a great role model for youth players. He currently coaches a recreational U8/9 co-ed team and a competitive U10 female team. His passion for the game and player development is one of the reasons why parents and players alike request to have him as their coach. His training structure is aimed to build team confidence and promote fun. He is a fantastic motivator who can relate to each player in different ways to give them the confidence to try new things on the field outside of their comfort zones. His “development over winning” philosophy coupled with his motivating guidance has helped each of his teams improve while enjoying and learning the game of soccer.
Demosphere Administrator Of Month
Massac County Soccer Boosters Association
Since first being introduced to soccer by her son, Wesley, when he was 5- years old, Tricia Suttles has become one of the instrumental people in bringing soccer to Massac County.
Suttles helped with the formation of Massac County Soccer Boosters Association in 2008 and from there saw soccer spread into local school including Massac County High School. The popularity of sport lead the City of Metropolis to develop a 20-acre soccer complex.
Massac County’s first season registered 98 players; this Spring it has grown to 262 recreational players. Suttles still serves on board with two other original board members, Troy Lawrence and Tim Lawson.
According to Suttles, “As much fun as soccer is for the kids, it has proven to be as equally enjoyable and intriguing for the spectators. As a board member who has been on the ground floor of the development of this program, it is truly overwhelmingly heart-warming to see the kids love such a wonderful sport and the community enjoy watching them play.”
Volunteer Of The Month
FC-1 Soccer Academy
Glenview Soccer Club
While most clubs have trouble getting a parent to volunteer for one season, Lisa Hague has been volunteering for Glenview Soccer Club and FC-1 Academy for over 6 years.
At first she started as a team manager to stay involved with what her kids like to do most, play soccer and according to Hague, “I found being part of such a great organization to be very rewarding, and soon after joined the Board.”
“There are many rewards I get from volunteering for Glenview SC and FC-1 Academy,” said Hague. “As a Team Manager, I love being so involved and itallowed me to be close to my kids and organize their weekly games. When I became part of the Board, it was like I became part of a family. We all work together to make the Club as strong, if not stronger, than it has ever been. Being a part of all the ups and downs, and knowing I contributed in a large part to its success is a huge reward for me. It’s also special knowing that my kids are proud to have me as part of their organization."
TOPSoccer Buddy Of Month
|Since Chicago TOPSoccer’s inception in 2011, Larissa Seibt has made the 40-mile round trip trek to volunteer as a TOPSoccer Buddy. She actively promotes the program and is given the responsibility of showing the new volunteers “the ropes” as her love for the program shines thru. She is a patient teacher and exhibits the enthusiasm and energy necessary to make sure players, other buddies and volunteers are enjoying themselves.|
|2016 Monthly Award Winners|
|Competitive Coach Of Month|
|January: Rick Ceh, Heat United|
|February: Dani Martinez, Wilmette Wings|
|March: Jo Hearn, Lyons Township SC & John Soltani, FC United & Spartan FC|
|Recreational Coach Of Month|
|January: Susan Bennett, Fox River Grove Rec Council|
|February: Peter Roth, Prairie Cities Soccer League|
|March: Amy Cleland, Perry County Soccer League|
|Demosphere Administrator Of Month|
|January: Lisa Forst, Downers Grove Roadrunners SC|
|February: Sarah Bradley, NSA Premier|
|March: Collette Heaphy, Chicago Edge|
|Volunteer Of Month|
|January: Bill Lynn, Chicago Fire Jrs City|
|February: Mark Pickett, Kickers SC|
|March: Susan May, Team Elmhurst|
|TOPSoccer Buddy Of Month|
|January: Francesco Bartucci, Park Ridge TOPSoccer|
|February: Haley Haneber, TCSA TOPSoccer|
|March: Morgan Burns, GLSA TOPSoccer|