Ohio South Youth Soccer Annual Awards Winners

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Girls Competitive Coach of the Year – Paulo Barreto

Paulo has been an extremely positive impact on soccer in the Warren county area.  He has a USSF “A“ license, professional experience in three continents, and over 20 years of experience as a trainer and Director of Coaching.  Not only has he raised each of his teams to high levels of success, but he has also infused his love of the game into the girls he has coached.  He dedicates many hours to analyzing teams, determining where the girls’ natural abilities will best suit them on the field, and training them on technique as well as working together as a unit.  Paulo brings his professional soccer experience from Brazil, and imparts the correct way to play “the beautiful game” to his students.

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year – Neil Daniels

Neil ‘s coaching philosophy is to help support and embrace each player and give the individual player opportunities to have fun, enjoy the game, and pursue excellence in their skill level as the player develops.  He believes soccer is a beautiful game and must be played with the right spirit.  The outcome of a match is not as important as the lasting impressions of teamwork and good sportsmanship.   Neil has completed his USSF “A” license and the National Youth license.  Neil has served as the Director of Coaching for the Ohio Galaxies FC high school club soccer program since 2001. He serves as the head coach and assistant coach of various Ohio Galaxies FC boys teams.  Neil is an active participant in the United Soccer Coaches Association and regularly attends the United Coaches/USYS annual convention.  His participation in training and development sessions offered at the annual events keeps him informed about trends and new techniques in the education and development of youth soccer players.

Boys & Girls Recreational Coach of the Year – Kendra Collins

This is the second year Kendra has directed and coached the U6/U7 program where the players practice one day a week in an academy style format and play 4v4 games on Sundays.  She was initially hesitant to take on this assignment as she was used to coaching older ages but jumped in with both feet and never looked back. Kendra has a USSF E license and has coached with Sporting Columbus/Crew SC since the fall of 2014. She has been an excellent role model and leader for not only the players but also the parents. She brings passion and energy on to the field and communicates weekly with parents promoting the importance of development (over winning) and proper sideline behavior.

TopSoccer Buddy of the Year – Elizabeth Sensel

Elizabeth started volunteering for TopSoccer in Mason in August 2016.  She started working with the “rollers” group, and as time passed she developed a relationship with the players who became very important to her.  In August 2018, on the first week of TopSoccer practices, Elizabeth was the only volunteer to show up for the rollers group, which had a record number of players.  While she was excited to have so many new players, she was devastated that she was the only volunteer and could not possibly push 19 wheelchairs by herself.   This started a zealous quest for more volunteers.  After soliciting friends, students, and teammates, Elizabeth again approached her school’s campus ministry in a final push for volunteers.  She told them she would help coordinate/track service hours and even help secure rides for the kids that didn’t drive.  After weeks of asking everyone she knew, she found out that there were 25-30 freshmen who signed up.

Elizabeth is a great athlete on the soccer field and a great person.  She loves to volunteer with Top Soccer and her passion for this organization shows when she works with the program.  Her stories show how much she loves teaching others and having fun with the kids.


TopSoccer Coach of the Year – Jim Conrady

Jim has been involved with Cincinnati TopSoccer for 19 years.  He began as a parent of a player (who is still playing) and quickly volunteered to coach a team.  Since that time, Jim has been a strong proponent of the program recruiting additional players and coaches.  Jim continually challenges himself and the entire coaching staff to be better than they were yesterday.  His compassion and genuine interest in each and every player is evident at all times.  The players love and respect him greatly.  Jim continually promotes TopSoccer throughout the community.  He provides information to other special needs programs in the area such as SNAPDragon baseball and basketball.  In 2018 alone Jim fostered a 56% growth in players for the Eastside location. Jim’s desire to provide the best possible experience for the kids is always at the forefront of his decisions and strategy.

Volunteer of the Year – Kristi Thoroman

When the Big Cat Soccer club was being formed, the founding coaches were sometimes overwhelmed with the new processes. The coaches had busy schedules with small children and full time jobs.  Kristi, a coach’s wife and soccer mom, stepped up to volunteer.  She supported the coaches and took care of paperwork and whatever else was needed. She took photos, uploaded documents and drove to Dayton get cards for the teams.  She did a tremendous amount to help the Big Cat Soccer club become a reality. We are very thankful for all the work she has done to help form the Big Cat Soccer Club.

Administrator of the Year – Lisa Hausser

Lisa became involved in soccer when her oldest daughter started playing recreational soccer and her husband Greg was the team coach for the Lakota Sports Club.  Lisa started as a team mom, before becoming the Girls Registrar, and finally the Club Admin for all teams.  Lisa is involved in Tournament Registration, Player and Team Registration, and International Clearances.  She has worked diligently with the new registration system to get 3000+ players to a full online management and payment program.  She also works with admins to teach and develop best practices.  Lisa is an original board member of CUSC and is a critical part of Cincinnati United.

Young Female Referee of the Year – Michayla Lindemann

Michayla began playing SAY soccer then played club soccer for Boro Blast, Warren County and Club Ohio through her 8th grade year.  She is on her third year of refereeing which has made her a more independent and responsible person.  Michayla always arrives early and prepared for every game without any complaints no matter the weather.  She has participated in multiple mentoring sessions looking to improve her skills as a referee. She is also a team player; she leads as an example, but can also follow when appropriate on the field.   Upon graduating from high school,  she plans on joining the Ohio National Guard Reserves while attending college.

Young Male Referee of the Year – Tyler Myklebust

Tyler has been involved in soccer since he was four years old.  He played SAY soccer until he was seven and pivoted to club soccer from age 8 through high school.  He played for Cincinnati United as well as the Loveland High school soccer team.  Soccer has had an immense effect on his life.  He had to work hard to gain the endurance needed to pass the fitness tests and he needed to commit to hard work in order to progress.  The hard work and commitment translated to other aspects of his life in which he was the Salutatorian of the Loveland High School Class of 2018. In addition, playing soccer has improved his leadership qualities.  In order to improve his knowledge of the game, Tyler watched increased amounts of English Premier League matches.  In watching the games, he solely paid attention to the movements and signals of the Referees to help clarify both positioning on the field and foul recognition.

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