NJ Youth Soccer Honors Outstanding Players, Coaches and Volunteers
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The U12 NJ Rush 02 Hamilton Wildcats celebrated their Fall NCS State Cup championship victory with nearly 500 attendees at NJ Youth Soccer’s 27th annual awards dinner held in Edison.

The U12 NJ Rush 02 Hamilton Wildcats celebrated their Fall NCS State Cup championship victory with nearly 500 attendees at NJ Youth Soccer’s 27th annual awards dinner held in Edison.

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EDISON, NJ (January 12, 2015) ― NJ Youth Soccer hosted close to 500 attendees at its 27th annual awards dinner held at the Pines Manor in Edison where it honored New Jersey players, teams, coaches, referees and volunteers for outstanding performances and contributions in 2014.

“NJ Youth Soccer provides a platform for more than 150,000 children to play soccer in urban, suburban and rural locations throughout our state,” says Roy Squillario, president, NJ Youth Soccer. “The majority of our leadership ─ coaches, trainers, administrators ─ is comprised of volunteers who dedicate many hours of their time to make this huge organization a success.” Squillario says there are thousands of coaches and volunteers contributing throughout the year.

Nelson Rodríguez, U.S. Soccer’s managing director of National Team Advisory Services and former NJ Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach, served as the keynote speaker where he discussed his New Jersey roots, his role at U.S. Soccer and keys to getting the most out of the game on and off the field.

Raul Donoso, longtime NJ Youth Soccer ODP coach, trainer and former Irvington High School varsity coach, was inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his longtime contribution and dedication to helping inner city boys and girls learn and enjoy playing soccer.

The evening acknowledged many of the state’s boys and girls U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series (NCS) and State Cup team champions as well as players selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 ODP pool team. The following honorees were presented with awards for their individual contributions:

BOB McNULTY COACH OF THE YEAR 

  • Lisa Milanese
  • Woodbridge Twp Youth SA
  • Tracey Grimaldi
  • Woodbridge Twp Youth Soccer SA

RECREATION COACH OF THE YEAR    

  • David Van Ginnekin
  • Walkill Valley Rec Soccer

TOPSOCCER BUDDY OF THE YEAR                            

  • Zach Saliterman
  • West Morris SC
  • Anne-Sophie Whitehead
  • West Orange United SC

LIESEL KREHAN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR            

  • Joe Robb
  • Former Executive Director, NJYS

YOUTH REFEREES OF THE YEAR 

  • Shehab Saad
  • Princeton
  • Cara Dalton
  • Vineland

ALLAN SINCLAIR MEM. SCHOLARSHIP                    

  • Samantha Green
  • Mount Laurel United
  • Austin Verissimo
  • Ironbound Soccer Club Elite

JEANINE WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP   

  • Annaliese Keimel
  • Highland Soccer Club
  • Michael Stakilinski
  • Manalapan Soccer Club

BRETT FENSTER MEM. SCHOLARSHIP

  • Adam Taylor
  • Walkill Valley Soccer Club

About NJ Youth Soccer Association

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 156,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old supported by thousands of coaches and volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs.

About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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