The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday the 2016 NSCAA Regional and National Coaches of the Year for high school boys’ and girls’ soccer.
Locally, Ryan Robertson at Maplewood-Richmond Heights was named the Fall Central Boys’ Small School Regional Coaches of the Year. Robertson just finished his third season with MRH, losing 0-1 to St. Paul Lutheran this year in the Class 1 Final.
Earlier this year, Robertson was the recipient of a NSCAA scholarship to 30 Under 30 program for coaches, as noted in this story.
Robertson, who in the fall will start his third season as the boys head coach at Maplewood-Richmond Heights, was picked by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to be part of its yearlong 30 Under 30 program for coaches younger than 30 years old. The 27-year-old Maplewood graduate will receive scholarships to attend the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles in January and enroll in an advanced NSCAA Coaching Academy course, and he’ll also be assigned a coaching mentor.
Chad Kutscher of Rochester was named the Spring North High School Girls’ Small School Regional Coaches of the Year. The Rockets captured the Illinois Class 2A title this year, defeating Deerfield, for their second title in three years. They had to get past Triad again in the Sectional match and they won the Metro Cup that opens the Girls Spring season on the East side. Coach Kutscher also follow @SoccerSTL as a link to the game in the region.
2016 NSCAA High School Boys’ National Coaches of the Year
Large School: Phil Savitz, River Bluff High School (S.C.)
Small School: Joseph LaSpada, Bernards High School (N.J.)
Private/Parochial School: Aaron Wilcox, Bangor Christian School (Maine)
2016 NSCAA High School Girls’ National Coaches of the Year
Large School: Roland Minder, Camas High School (Wash.)
Small School: John Eiskamp, Greeneville High School (Tenn.)
Private/Parochial School: Chuck Morales, Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Calif.)
2016 NSCAA High School Assistant Coach of the Year: Bill Barker, Oviedo High School (Fla.)
Regional and National Coaches of the Year will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on January 13, 2017 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles during the 2017 NSCAA Convention.