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2023 Awards Gala

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The Virginia Youth Soccer Association will host the 2023 VYSA Awards Gala on February 11th, 2023 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Join us for an evening of celebration as we recognize the 2022 Award Winners and the 2023 Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees!

The Chandler Ballroom at the University of Mary Washington | Fredericksburg, VA
Cocktail hour starts at 6pm.

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2022 Award Winners

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association is pleased to introduce the VYSA Award Winners for the 2021-2022 season. These individuals will be recognized for the positive impact on the game of soccer in Virginia and the District of Columbia at the VYSA Annual Awards Gala on February 11, 2023.

Administrator of the Year, Nan Beck (CUSC)
Volunteer of the Year, Eric Highsmith
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, Daynor Garcia (Team America FC)
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, Roger Friedman (Burke Athletic Club)
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year, Jacob Sahms (Richmond Kickers)
Girls Recreational Coach of the Year, Michael Viala (New River United)
TOPSoccer Coach of the Year, Sean Harrigan (Stafford Soccer)
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, Lily Fry (Culpeper Soccer Club)
Young Female Referee of the Year, Morgan Neal (SRP)
Young Male Referee of the Year, Cole Rozwadowski (SRP)

Dave William Memorial TOPSoccer Exemplary Service Award
Steve O'Neil, VIP United
Bob Zadeh, Vienna Youth Soccer

2022 USYS Regional Winners

The following individuals have been recognized by US Youth Soccer for the contributions to the game on the regional level. Congratulations!

USYS Regional Administrator of the Year
Nan Beck
Chesapeake United Soccer Club

USYS Regional Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Roger Friedman
Burke Athletic Club

2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

Each year, at the Virginia Youth Soccer Association Awards Gala, the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame honors soccer heroes with ties to Virginia and Washington D.C. Congratulations to the following inductees to be recognized at the 2023 VYSA Awards Gala.

VA-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2023
Janet Caswell, Player
David Stokes, Player
Brian Ahearn, Meritorious Service
Doug Engstrom, Meritorious Service
Peter Mehlert, Meritorious Service
Chris Norris, Meritorious Service
Colin Calvert (Posthumously), Veteran

Award Nominations

Each year, Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) strives to recognize individuals who positively impact the game of soccer in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Award winners are honored each February at the VYSA Annual Awards Gala.

Nominated individuals are also eligible for recognition by US Youth Soccer during their Annual Awards Gala.

The following categories are available for nomination:

  • Coach of the Year [pdf}
     - Recreational (boys)
     - Recreational (girls)
     - Competitive (boys)
     - Competitive (girls)
  • Administrator of the Year [pdf}
  • Volunteer of the Year [pdf}
  • TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year [pdf}
  • TOPSoccer Coach of the Year [pdf}
  • Young Referee of the Year [pdf]
  • VA/DC Teammate of the Year [pdf}


Please send all nominations using the available form(s) to [email protected] with the title of '2022 Annual Awards Nomination for [category]'. Ex: 2022 Annual Award Nomination for Volunteer of the Year

Winners will be announced via email and the VYSA social media channels in mid-October. The award ceremony will take place at the 2023 Annual Awards Gala.

Dave Williams TOPSoccer Award

Dave Williams’ hard work, enthusiasm, and big heart helped grow the VYSA TOPSoccer program from just a few clubs to the many that now participate. His commitment and dedication to VYSA players with disabilities were exemplary.

In honor of Dave Williams’ efforts and results of his hard work, the VYSA has established the Dave Williams Memorial TOPSoccer Exemplary Service Award. Dave Williams is the first recipient of this award.
The award criteria are as follows:
a. exemplary service to TOPSoccer programs to include program development
b. exemplary service to TOPSoccer athletes and parents
c. minimum of 10 years service prior to nomination

*The absence of a qualified nominee as determined by the VYSA Board of Directors will result in no award winner being named for that year. Any nominees not selected for this award will be eligible for the Volunteer of the Year award.

A memorial plaque listing the names of those selected for this award is kept at the State Office.

2006  Dave Williams
2007  Ariel Schwartz
2011  Bob Sokolinsky
2012  Sharon Wells
2013  Wes Brownlee
2016  John Schlenker
2018  Sid Wesseldine
2021 Theodore Renaud
2022 Steve O'Neil
2022 Bob Zadeh

Tickets

Tickets are now available for the 2023 VYSA Awards Gala held on February 11, 2023 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Tickets are $65 per person.
Limited availability.

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2023 Silent Auction

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association is soliciting donation items for the Silent Auction hosted at the 2023 Awards Gala on February 11, 2023. Please contact Marketing and Communications Intern, Eva McCrehin, if interested in making a donation. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to support Virginia's TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs.

Adele Dolansky Service Award

This award is the highest award bestowed on a VYSA member.  It is presented by the Virginia Youth Soccer Association in recognition of exemplary service to the soccer-playing youth of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Previous Award Winners

1996 Adele Dolansky
1997 Larry Monaco
1998 Mavis Derflinger and George Towner
1999 Len Oliver and August Wooter
2000 Dean Jones
2001 Jim Down
2002 Simon Cargill
2003 Brenda Down
2004 Anne Thompson
2005 Martin Hooker
2006 Tom Halstead
2007 Karen Knott
2008 Gary Allen
2009 John "Mac" McLaughlin
2010 Bob Maynes
2011 J. Marcelo Gangotena
2012 Paul Mungra
2013 Debi Honaker
2014 Robert Perry
2015 Julie Caramanica
2016 Ed Bonilla
2017 Barry Finkelstein
2018 Pat Delaney
2019 Karen Klumpp and George Vergara
2020 Cathy Mann
2021 Gordon Miller

This award is selected by the VYSA President in consultation with Adele Dolansky.  No Nominations for this award are accepted.

2020 & 2021 Award Winners

The following individuals are recognized for the positive contributions to the game of soccer in Virginia and the District of Columbia for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Season. These two seasons of Award winners were honored at the 2022 VYSA Annual Awards Gala on February 12, 2022.

2020 Annual Award Winners
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, Chris Panayiotou
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, Gary Malebranche
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year, Eric Tellefsen
Girls Recreational Coach of the Year, John Allison
Administrator of the Year, Susan Simpson
Volunteer of the Year, Tammy Renshaw
Young Female Referee of the Year, Taylor Nicole Lamb
Young Male Referee of the Year, Mathew Ryder
VA/DC Teammate of the Year, Lacey Rousseau
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, Evan Bauer

2021 Annual Award Winners
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, Oscar Feliu
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, Tom Brown
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year, Meagan Kalchbrenner
Girls Recreational Coach of the Year, Erin East
Administrator of the Year, Melissa Riemer
Volunteer of the Year, Jeff Dramstad
Young Female Referee of the Year, Kayla Emond
Young Male Referee of the Year, Zackery Moss
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, Aeshan Kapil
VA/DC Teammate of the Year,

Contact

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Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408 Phone: 540-693-1430
Email: [email protected]

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