Oregon Youth Soccer March 2015

Of The Year Awards Presented at Annual Awards Banquet

They are the coaches who prepare their teams for success — not just on the field, but off of it as well.

They are the young referees who closely study the Laws of the Game, and show grace and expertise in their interpretations during the heat of the action.

They are the buddies who provide invaluable mentorship to thousands of TOPSoccer players statewide.

They are the volunteers and administrators who toil tirelessly behind the scenes, coordinating schedules, arranging carpools, locating fields and executing numerous other often-thankless tasks.

In summary, they are the individuals who make it possible for Oregon Youth Soccer to execute its mission of providing a safe, stable environment for Oregon's youth to enjoy the growth and development made possible by the game of soccer — and on Feb. 7, the Oregon Youth Soccer community said thanks.

Hundreds of soccer administrators, coaches, volunteers and their families gathered last month at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront to honor and recognize the state’s hardest-working contributors at the 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon.

Throughout the year, Oregon Youth Soccer members were encouraged to nominate deserving individuals for Of The Year honors in nine categories:

  • Competitive Coach Of The Year (Boys and Girls)
  • Recreation Coach Of The Year (Boys and Girls)
  • Young Referee Of The Year (Boys and Girls)
  • Administrator Of The Year
  • Volunteer Of The Year
  • TOPSoccer Buddy Of The Year

Winners were selected by a state panel, and were advanced to US Youth Soccer Region IV as the state’s nominees for Region IV “Of The Year” honors, to be announced in January 2016.

Congratulations to each of these outstanding winners and thank you for all that you do!

Volunteer of the Year — Karen Wright, Yamhill Carlton Soccer Club

  • Founded YC Soccer Club
  • Personally contributed 2,000 hours to YCSC and Yamhill Carlton Together Cares
  • Her example led to over 4,000 volunteer hours contributed to YCTC
  • Developed many soccer programs
  • Developed a covered, lighted, artificial turf facility for use by the community

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year — Duane “Butch” Pollard, Eastside Timbers

  • 25 years' coaching experience
  • USSF "D" License
  • Attended C License course and numerous coaching clinics
  • Quote about Butch: “All that Butch does is for the betterment of the game and the players and coaches within it.”

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year — Jeff Fletcher, Eastside Timbers

  • Coach with Eastside for seven years
  • Quote from a parent on one of Jeff’s teams: “Although Jeff is a serious coach, he is inspiring to my son. He makes soccer fun for the boys, yet they are always working hard to get to the next level.”

Girls Recreational Coach of the Year — John Williams, Emerald Kidsports

  • Soccer coach for 26 years
  • USSF "C" License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA National GK Diploma
  • Philomath HS girls coach for 20 years, last 18 as varsity coach
  • 10 years coaching at Emerald Kidsports
  • 26 years coaching for AYSO
  • Parent Quote:“John makes soccer a sport that most girls feel very confident and proud of what they have learned.”

Boys Recreational Coach of the Year — Brian Gentry, Eastside United Rec

  • Coached with Eastside for four years
  • Quote from assistant coach Ryan Glover: “Brian’s coaching style exhibits good sportsmanship, helps the kids grow in their soccer skills, in learning respect and in growing up to be gentlemen.”

Administrator of the Year — Jeff Enquist, Portland City United Soccer Club

  • Player with OYSA from age six
  • Played high school soccer at Beaverton, where he was Player of the Year and a Parade All-American in 1985
  • College player at UNLV and Oregon State
  • Began coaching with Pacific University in 1991
  • Holds USSF "B" License and National Youth License
  • DOC, Registrar, and Club Administrator for PCU from 1997
  • PCU CEO since 2010
  • Contributed to Lincoln HS turf field in 2002, and helped create coalition and partnerships to build and manage Buckman turf fields, and new fields at Delta Park
  • Manages OPSL for adult soccer teams
  • Has served as head coach and president at PYSA, and helped establish PYSA coaching education

Female Young Referee of the Year — Marley Dizney Swanson

  • Referee since 2013
  • Grade 8
  • Officiated for Hillsboro Soccer Club
  • Peer mentor at Hillsboro High School

Male Young Referee of the Year — Adam Mitchell

  • Referee since 2008
  • Grade 7
  • Has officiated recreational and competitive soccer with OYSA, including State Cup games
  • Has also officiated adults, including Over-40 GPSD Championships, Over-50 National Championships, Over-55 National Championships and NPSL games

TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year — Mary Elizabeth Barnum, Rogue Valley Timbers

  • Now completing 7th year as a buddy, having started in fifth grade
  • Handles buddy selection for the program
  • Special District 5 Player of the Year from St. Mary’s School in Medford
  • Mentors recreational and academy players at Rogue Valley Timbers