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February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011 (LONG BEACH, CA) - Six hundred attendees packed into the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Saturday evening, February 12 to see the 2011 edition of the Cal South Awards Banquet. Produced in conjunction with Soccer Nation Expo, the Cal South Awards Banquet is the organization's annual opportunity to say "thank you" to its best and brightest, including players, coaches, volunteers, parents and alumni.

In addition to the friends and families in attendance to honor the award recipients, numerous luminaries from the sports world were in the audience, including Asher Mendelsohn and Herb Silva of the US Soccer Federation, Orange County Great Park Corporation CEO Mike Ellzey, Wayne Wilson of the LA84 Foundation, and several of the acclaimed coaches taking part in clinics and sessions at Soccer Nation Expo, including Robbie Earle, Efraín Flores, Klaus Pabst, Fernando Piña Rivera, James Parry, Tony Waiters, Randy Waldrum and Dr. Dan Freigang. Also in attendance at the show were representatives of many of Cal South's partners and sponsors, including Nike Manager of Elite Youth and College Soccer Sports Marketing Monica Rigali, Sports Authority Community Marketing Manager Katie Feingold, Chivas USA Youth Soccer Programs Manager Alex Topete, and LA Galaxy Group Sales Manager Chris Zepeda.

On the awards front, Tad Bobak, the popular and amazingly successful coach for the So Cal Blues program, was named as an inductee to the Cal South Hall of Fame.The recently formed Recreational Task Force was honored for their work in attempting to expand Cal South's efforts in the recreational arena, and the commissioners for each of Cal South's seven districts handed out awards to some most deserving honorees. The capper to the night was the introduction of the six Cal South teams that captured national championship titles at three different levels in 2010: US Youth Soccer National Champions BU16 Slammers FC, GU17 So Cal Blues and GU18 Laguna Hills Eclipse; US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Champions GU14 PVSC Exiles Black and GU16 South Bay Force Blue; and the United States Adult Soccer Association Women's U23 National Champion Eagles Soccer Club. [Please read the full list of Banquet winners and honorees below...]

Cal South would like to thank all of its partners and sponsors for helping to bring about a truly memorable weekend. Cal South would also like to congratulate all of this year's honorees, and thank everyone who attended the 2011 Cal South Awards Banquet.


2011 Cal South Awards Banquet
Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Long Beach | February 12, 2011
Kim Willey ... CD Chivas USA Parent of the Year
Meg Conlon
Rachelle Towery
Los Angeles Galaxy Volunteers of the Year
Makenzy Doniak Sports Authority Player of the Year - Girl
Alberto Diaz Sports Authority Player of the Year - Boy
Armando Hernandez
Jaime Ramos
District 1 Honorees
John Napier District 2 Honoree
Teresa Showalter
Roger Castle
District 3 Honorees
Mike Herman
Sharon Kornfield
District 4 Honorees
Gladis Rada
Mike Schaffner
District 5 Honorees
Angelica Estrada
Hugo Estrada
District 6 Honorees
Howard Fink
Karen Sweeny
District 7 Honorees
Rick Velasco President's Award
Dave De Leon Board Recognition
Craig Lepire
Mike Conway
TOPSoccer Buddies of the Year
Karen Sparks TOPSoccer Angel of the Year
Reyna Fonseca
Cody Gaines
Youth Referees of the Year
Temecula Valley Soccer Association Recreational League of the Year
Travis Silva
Allen Hopkins
Nike Developmental Coaches of the Year
George Larsen
Noah Gins
Nike Competitive Coaches of the Year - Boys
Randy Dodge
Neil Powell
Nike Competitive Coaches of the Year - Girls
Tad Bobak Hall of Fame Inductee
PVSC Exiles Black Girls U14
South Bay Force Blue Girls U16
US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Champions
Slammers FC Boys U16
So Cal Blues Girls U17
Laguna Hills Eclipse Girls U18
US Youth Soccer National Champions
Eagles Soccer Club Women U23 United States Adult Soccer Association National Champions
Patricia Ghio
Toni De Carlo
Daniel Sheppard
Steve Marquez
Darwin Dallas
Daniel Moreno
Bruce McAfee
Luis Salcedo
Recreational Task Force