March 20, 2013

Three Lacrosse Coaches Among Positive Coaching Alliance Honorees

from staff reports

The Positive Coaching Alliance on Tuesday announced the 20 winners of PCA's 2013 Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

"These coaches help youth athletes succeed on and off the field by striving to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports," said PCA Founder Jim Thompson. "By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, they help youth develop into better athletes and better people."

Each winner will receive a trophy, $250 and inclusion in the PCA website, Momentum e-newsletter and media campaigns.

The PCA and US Lacrosse are partners in a nationwide endeavor to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for every athlete and to make the experience a more successful one for coaches, parents, fans and officials.

The winners, listed alphabetically by last name:

Gerald Caldwell, Mt. Airy Baseball, Philadelphia, PA
Alexa Caldwell, Asheville School Lacrosse, Asheville, NC

Ron Campbell, San Francisco Little League, Campbell, CA
Jackie Castro, Palo Alto Soccer Club and Sacred Heart Preparatory, Palo Alto, CA
Andy Ekern, Welles Park Cowboys Football, Chicago, IL
Gina Gant, Santa Rita High School Volleyball, Rincon High School Basketball and Desert Spikers Volleyball Club, Tucson, AZ
Valeri Garcia, North Natomas Little League, Sacramento, CA
Jade Gummer, Lake Nona Junior Lions Mitey Mites Football (AAU), Orlando, FL
Jeff Guzak, Lake Zurich Baseball & Softball Association, Lake Zurich, IL
Don Heidary & Ron Heidary, Orinda Aquatics, Campolindo High School Swimming (Ron Heidary), and Miramonte High School Swimming (Don Heidary), Walnut Creek, CA
Jay Johnson, Stillwater Area Hockey Association, Lake Elmo, MN
Hardy Kalisher, Boulder High School Soccer and FC Boulder, Boulder, CO
Darren Lawlor, Pacific Ridge School Lacrosse, Carlsbad, CA

Matt Lawrey, Prince William Soccer Inc., Woodbridge, VA
Rashid Najeeullah, Riverside Hawks Basketball (AAU), Boys Club of New York, The Heschel School, and Global Professional Sports, New York, NY
Keith Nighswonger, Sunny Hills High School Water Polo and Fullerton Hills Water Polo Club, La Habra, CA
Marie Schweitzer, Northern Virginia Soccer Club, Dumfries, VA
Jeff Smith, McKinney High School Lions Football, McKinney, TX
Shawn Sullivan, Scituate & Cohasset Youth Football, Scituate Basketball Association, and South Shore Regional Basketball (AAU), Scituate, MA
David Vollmer, Lamar High School Men's Lacrosse, Houston, TX

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