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Coaches, Referees, and MVPs Recognized During CSA Awards Banquet


Coaches, Referees, and MVPs Recognized During CSA Awards Banquet


Over 130 club coaches, referees and players were recognized over the course of an eventful weekend at the Marriot DTC. The annual CSA MVP Dinner and Awards Banquet coincided with CSA’s 40th anniversary and Annual General Meeting and informational sessions and presentations given to the clubs each year.


January 26th saw the MVPs of the State Cup finalists from the 2017 calendar year get recognized for their outstanding achievements at the club level. A buffet was made available to the players, their parents and coaches and other wonderful guests on an eventful evening. Keynote speaker, CSA’s Director of Referees Esse Baharmast, delivered a speech encouraging the players to continue on their current upward trend and to take advantage of every opportunity.


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After a full day of presentations and sessions given by Colorado Soccer Association staff and members of the Colorado Soccer Referee Program the following day, the CSA Awards Banquet was held for over 600 guests, in which the Young Referees of the Year, Coaches of the Year and the Hall of Fame Inductees were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the sport in Colorado.


Taylor Temby, who can be seen daily on NBC 9News Denver as part of the Sports Department, served as the Master of Ceremonies and US Soccer CEO and Secretary General, Dan Flynn, served as the Keynote Speaker.


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After finishing as National Presidents Cup Champions and National Championships Runners-up, the G15U Colorado Storm North 02 Select and G18U Arsenal Colorado Academy 99 were given plaques and a standing ovation for their great performances on the national stage.


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Colleen Tyrrell and Justin Brells were the next two to be honored as they were the recipients of the Young Female and Young Male Referee of the Year, respectively. More can be read on their accomplishments here.


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Next up were the club Coaches of the Year for the Developmental and Advanced for boys and girls. From the 30 coaches that are nominated by the clubs, CSA selects a coach for each of the four categories for the state-wide award.


Lindsey Hollingsworth of Boulder County SC (Developmental Girls COTY), Luis Dominguez, Jr. of Arsenal Colorado (Advanced Girls COTY), Kon Apostolopoulos of Westminster AFC (Developmental Boys COTY), and John Calhoon of Colorado Storm Castle Rock (Advanced Boys COTY) were the recipients of the awards and were met on stage by the CSA Directors of Coaching, Mike Freitag and Bill Stara.


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The first-ever TOPSoccer Coach of the Year was awarded to John LaBoon of Colorado Rush, which was followed swiftly by the Volunteer of the Year award being given to the TOPSoccer Coordinator for CSA, Cristi Thomas.




The evening closed out with the induction of former CSA President, Jon DeStefano, and former DU and Colorado Rapids defender Nat Borchers in the Colorado Soccer Hall of Fame.




Colorado Soccer is proud to have served the state of Colorado as the US Youth association in region for 40 years and looks forward to keeping the most popular sport amongst Colorado youth alive and strong!








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