Real Colorado recognizes the tremendous value that our volunteer coaches bring to the families they serve. Some start out coaching kids who seem barely knee high, and slowly foster a love of playing and having fun at a game that gradually resembles the game of soccer. As our players mature, these coaches often are the single biggest reason some kids continue participating in this healthy and active sport. These players may or may not have great talent on the soccer field, but what matters most is they continue to be part of a team and learn the many life lessons taught through sport, and this is a direct result of our coaches caring and making soccer fun.
During our Fall 2013 season, our recreational program identified 5 coaches who best represent these qualities, and it’s with great thanks that we honor them and their families. Of these 5, 2 were nominated to Colorado Soccer Association, formerly Colorado Youth Soccer, for recognition as Colorado Soccer Association Coaches of the Year – Recreational Boys and Recreational Girls.
Congratulations and Thank You to all of Real Colorado’s Volunteer Coaches from 2013:
2013 Real Colorado Boys Recreational Coach of the Year - Joe Sullivan
Joe Sullivan has been chosen as Real Colorado’s Boys Recreational Coach of the Year. Joe has been coaching for 9 years. His dedication to his boys team is shown through coach education, patience and off season activities. Joe embodies what Real’s vision of top quality coaching is at any level. We are lucky to have Joe!
2013 Real Colorado Girls Recreational Coach of the Year – Bob Key
Bob has coached for Real for 16 years at pretty much any age. Currently, he coaches a high school age girls team. His devotion to the kids that have played for him is second to none. Bob has also been chosen as Real Colorado’s Girls Recreational Coach of the Year. He will be honored at the CYS Awards Banquet in January. We are extremely lucky to have Bob!
2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Jim Titus
Jim coaches a U5 boys team. His patience and perspective on the game for the boys makes him a great addition to Real Colorado’s Recreational program. Coaching this age can have many challenges, but Jim makes it look like it’s easy. We are lucky to have Jim!
2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season - Pete Poniatowski
Pete coaches a U10 boys recreational team. His patience and willingness to go above and beyond for the kids has been a huge plus for his players. Pete has been a go to coach that has a track record of turning lemons into lemonade. We are lucky to have Pete!
2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Dave Mecham
Dave coaches a U6 girls team. Dave’s mix of fun and work makes him a coach that gets many requests to join his team. His positive approach and dedication to the kids is a huge asset to Real Colorado! We are lucky to have Dave!
2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Ben Higgins
Ben coaches a U8 boys team. Ben has been a stellar addition to Real’s Recreational program, always thinking about the kids and taking on many challenges that many coaches avoid. Ben is a can-do coach that puts in extra time with his team off the field as well as on. We are lucky to have Ben!