United Soccer Coaches announced on Tuesday the association’s 2017 Regional and National Coaches of the Year for high school boys’ and girls’ soccer. Joe Burchett of Marquette Catholic and Thom Champion of Webster Groves were named the Central Region High School Coaches of the Year for their Boys and Girls team respectively.
Both Coaches are coming off of their first season with their respective teams, with Burchett promoted to Head Coach in February of this year after one season as the assistant to Jeremy Sanfilippo. Champion was named to replace Chris Allen last Summer.
Both first year coaches also led their teams to State Championships in their first season. For Marquette, who won the Illinois Class 1A boys title. Kwame Ngwa booted in a free kick from just outside the 10-yard line at 98:51 to give Marquette a 4-3 overtime win over Monmouth-Roseville. Marquette, which finished 17-6-3, also won a state title in 2012.
The Statesman captured the Missouri Class 3 State title , the first state title for the girls program.
The Statesmen overcame being shorthanded for the final 33 minutes, 14 seconds of the state title game to edge nationally-ranked and two-time defending state champion Notre Dame de Sion, 2-1. Winners of its final 13 games of the season, Webster Groves finished with a 24-1 record. Notre Dame de Sion had a 23-1 record, the only loss coming in the title game.
|Fall||Jay Anderson||Hellgate High School (MT)||Large School|
|Fall||Jason Pendleton||Blue Valley Southwest High School (KS)||Small School|
|Fall||Joseph Burchett||Marquette Catholic (IL)||Private/Parochial|
|Spring||Thomas Champion||Webster Groves||(MO)||Large School|
|Spring||Jason Pendleton||Blue Valley Southwest (KS)||Small School|
|Spring||Troy Tokarchik||Bishop Kelley (OK)||Private/Parochial|