Two NC Coaches Named USYS Regional III Coaches of the Year

2013 US Youth Soccer Recreation Coach of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala 
Twitter: @USYouthSoccer live announcement of national winner

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 17, 2013) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Recreation Coach of the Year awards. The Recreation Coach of the Year is awarded to a recreation coach for both a boys team and a girls team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

The national Boys and Girls Recreation Coach of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms.

Michael Ericksen – Hendersonville, N.C. - Boys Coach
Since 2005, Michael Ericksen has volunteered to coach 15 different teams within the Henderson County Soccer Association. As a teacher during the day, he devotes much of his time to teaching youth, both in the classroom and on the field. He is one of the most reliable rec coaches year after year. Though he’s never had a child of his own on a team, Michael is always willing to step in and coach the game he loves.

Paul Kinser – Greensboro, N.C. - Girls Coach
The calm and positive demeanor that Paul Kinser brings to his team at Greensboro United makes the game enjoyable for his players. He emphasizes that soccer should be fun, and the atmosphere around his team has helped players develop great friendships with their teammates. His coaching style makes every player feel comfortable, helping them gain self-confidence and develop an appreciation and passion for the game that keeps them involved with soccer.