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2015 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach of the Year announced


Vermont’s Ed DeMulder honored at Awards Gala

BALTIMORE (Jan. 15, 2016) – Ed DeMulder of Williston, Vt., was honored as the 2015 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award recipient Friday night at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2016 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore. US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is the outreach program for soccer.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 people in attendance. Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Young Referee of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award,  and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored, as well.

Ed DeMulder started the Essex, Vt., TOPSoccer program nine years ago with a handful of volunteers, about 20 players and 30 buddies. He travels to local high schools to promote TOPSoccer, speaks to players and explains the commitment of the program — which has led to having students on waiting lists hoping to become a buddy. The program now features 50 players and 90 buddies, and DeMulder spends countless hours teaching special needs children how to play soccer and to believe in themselves.

The recipient of the TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award is selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors on the basis of his or her demonstration of patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The Coach of the Year is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Coaches show leadership and support while assisting, guiding, directing and teaching the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.

For bios on each of the regional award winners, click here.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to To find out more about TOPSoccer, go to /programs/TOPSoccer.asp.


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