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North Texas Soccer Annual Awards

 
 

 

Ten North Texxas Soccer Annual Award winners were announced at the 2017 North Texas Soccer Annual General Meeting on July 8, 2017. Congratulations to all the winners!

Award Winners Gallery

Administrator of the Year
Kathy Rudd

It would be hard to look through any program within Arlington Soccer Association without finding Kathy Rudd’s footprint. Kathy has worn many hats while at Arlington, including Competitive Coordinator for the Arlington Premier League and Tournament Director. Kathy was a long-time Dr Pepper Dallas Cup volunteer and has served as the Tournament Director for the North Texas Presidents Cup since it began, as well as the Tournament Director for the North Texas Soccer State Cup.

Volunteer of the Year
Jerry Albano

Jerry Albano has held many active roles within North Texas Soccer, and for the past three years, he has volunteered his time on the Arlington Soccer Appeals and Discipline committee. His perspective, advice and voting record are always in the best interest of the game and principles held at Arlington Soccer Association.  Jerry has done all of this while successfully battling a serious, life-threatening illness over the last two years, which is an even greater testament to his dedication to the game.

Young Male Referee of the Year
Alekzander Olivas

Alek Olivas has been a referee for Amarillo Soccer Association going on five years and handles his business on and off the field in a professional manner. Whenever someone asks Alek for help, he doesn’t hesitate. He is always willing to lend a hand. Alek is a go-to referee for younger kids just starting, or new referees who need some help understanding how to call a quality game. Alek has knowledge of the game that is beyond his years and is not afraid to share the knowledge with anyone that needs it. 

Young Female Referee of the Year
Rebecca Moore

Rebecca is hardworking, reliable, confident and humble. She gives every game her best and brings 100% in all areas of refereeing to every game she does. She has great signals and great communication skills which are vital to be a good referee. She has found time to dedicate to refereeing while being involved in track, cross country, playing soccer, and more. Rebecca has also accrued plenty of success as a player on the Coventry Christian Academy Varsity Soccer team, where  Rebecca was the team’s second leading scorer and was named Second Team All-State, Academic All-State, First Team All-District and District Co-MVP, to name a few.

Dr Pepper Boys Recreational Coach of the Year
Doug Black

On Doug Black’s Flames team in Fort Worth Youth Soccer Association, every player is important and has great potential. Each kid is expected to work as a team, which means there really isn't one shining star. Everyone on the team is a star. Doug has this mission for the kids on his team to develop a lifelong love of the game. While winning is important to Doug, it has never been the most important thing.  

Dr Pepper Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Tim McCann

In addition to having coached for over 24 years, Tim McCann also serves as the President of Mansfield Soccer Association. Coach Tim’s teams have been on both ends of the scoreboard, but his message is consistent. Have fun, create a love for the game and be good sports. He uses drills in practice that are both challenging and fun and pushes his players to compete and stay engaged. Coach Tim is honest with the girls in his assessment of their skills and challenges them to put in work to improve.

Dr Pepper Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez began as an independent team competing against all odds with primarily minority girls in his backyard, and has guided them to success both on and off the field. Coach Juan’s Dallas Kicks SC 00 has produced multiple US Youth National Team players and has claimed three regional titles and one National Championships finals appearance in 2015.  Sportsmanship is one of the key foundations Coach Juan believe creates not only a successful soccer player, but a successful individual.

Dr. Pepper Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
Clementin Oancea

Clem Oancea has always encourage the value of sportsmanship in his players.  He teaches them to play smart, possession and to play to prepare his players for the next level. Coach Clem’s Under-17 Boys FC Dallas Premier team will represent North Texas at the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships after claiming a Region III Championship. Coach Clem has travelled to Central and South America to bring soccer balls, clothes and cleats to help young kids and change their lives through soccer. 

Dale McGregor Golden Whistle Award
Kevin Terry Sr.

Kevin Terry Sr’s referee career has personified what it means to be a professional throughout his time officiating in the Major Indoor Soccer League, Major League Soccer and FIFA. Terry Sr officiated the 1998 and 2002 MLS Cups and was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2002. Terry Sr was a FIFA Referee from 1998-2004 and played for the Cleveland Force, Cleveland Cobras and Oklahoma City Stampede.
 

The Jim Finger Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim Finger

Jim Finger left a legacy deep rooted in the development and mentoring of referees in the North Texas Soccer community.  He devoted his time and talents to our referees by serving on numerous boards and committees.  Most notably, the North Texas Soccer State Referee Committee as State Referee Administrator.  In addition, he left his mark as the National Director of Referee Administration and as a member of the National Referees’ Committee. Throughout his illustrious career, Jim wanted to give back by sharing his extensive knowledge.  He was a successful instructor and assessor throughout his career.  His uncanny ability to connect with referees made him an icon in our community thus earning him an induction into the North Texas Soccer Hall of Fame.

 

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