Get Recruited Faster with a Player Profile on

Global Dec 18, 2015

US Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners announced

Strikers Logo

FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — US Youth Soccer has announced the regional winners of the 2015 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year awards. The Competitive Coach of the Year is awarded to a competitive coach for both a boys team and a girls team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

+Read: NSCAA announces 2015 National Players of the Year (Men/Boys)

The national Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Baltimore, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.

+Read: NSCAA announces 2015 National Players of the Year (Women/Girls)

Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Ryan Renauld – Thompson, Conn.
Fellow coaches and former players of Ryan Renauld praise his ability as a leader who helps young athletes grow into adults. He does not measure success by wins and losses, but by the number of kids he is able to positively influence. He has helped former players advance to play at the Division I level in college, while teaching them to be balanced players who consistently practice good sportsmanship in all facets of the game and life.

Region II – Xavier Rico – Milwaukee, Wis.
Xavier Rico encourages ingenuity and creativity in his players, and his coaching has helped his SC Waukesha team develop into one of the top teams in US Youth Soccer Region II and qualify for the US Youth Soccer National League. Rico holds the USSF “B” License and is always looking for ways to study the game. He is also very involved in the community — helping with fundraisers and launching his own website to promote cancer awareness.

Region III – Scott Dymond – Prosper, Texas
Scott Dymond’s FC Dallas teams have achieved great success while competing at a high level, including US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships. Dymond encourages players to think, problem-solve and adapt while playing, and as the college director for FC Dallas Youth, he creates seminars and action plans to help student-athletes remain on the right track. Dymond holds a USSF “A” License and has also coached for US Youth Soccer ODP Region III teams.

Region IV – Enrique Garcia – Union City, Calif.
Enrique Garcia believes the best place for coaches during a game is on the bench with their mouth shut. He encourages players to take chances and not be afraid of making mistakes, and he exhibits positivity that give his players confidence on the field. Garcia has shown the ability to work with players from 4 to 40, while adjusting his coaching style to each unique situation. He also uses soccer to keep kids in the community on the right path to a positive life.

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners:

Region I – Monica Lovett-Groat – Stafford, Va.
Monica Lovett-Groat coaches multiple teams and instills a sense of family, both on and off the field, with all of her players. She is a former collegiate and professional player who holds several coaching licenses and is currently in the process of obtaining her USSF “D” License. Lovett-Groat has a talent for helping her players understand the game and has created an environment in which her players enjoy spending time together and developing their skills.

Region II – Jorge Eufracio – Lafayette, Ind.
Since joining the Tippecanoe Soccer Association coaching staff three years ago, Jorge Eufracio has made a big impact. His guidance has helped the 99 Blue team develop into a successful side in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League and the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup. Eufracio organizes team activities and is dedicated to providing the best opportunities for his players to reach their full potential physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Region III – Mindy McBride – Hoover, Ala.
Mindy McBride’s coaching philosophy is to let her players enjoy the game. She has high expectations for her players, both on and off the field, and brings out the best in her players without putting pressure on them. McBride holds a USSF “C” License and, being a high school teacher, knows the value of continuing education. She encourages her players to learn by watching soccer, and McBride has helped with local camps to encourage young girls to take an interest in soccer.

Region IV – Jessica Costello – Tacoma, Wash.
Since arriving at Blackhills FC in 2013, Jessica Costello’s players have improved by “leaps and bounds” in the words of her peers. A USSF “C” Licensed coach, Costello organizes well-planned training sessions that challenge her players while keeping them enthusiastic to learn new skills. Her guidance has helped her team continue to improve, and she encourages her players to enjoy the game of soccer whenever possible, whether with the club, their school or on their own.

Featured Players

See Commitment List