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Riley resides in Tacoma and is a new coach for Cascade FC.   He began coaching for Cascade FC in June 2021 and he has quickly become a favorite of the club, families, players and fellow staff.  Riley is the head coach for Cascade FC Boys 2012 White team, Boys 2011 White team and Boys 2010 White team.  Riley is working on his grassroots licenses.

Nominators comments:

  • Players are encouraged to be respectful of opponents and the game by not retaliating when calls are made that seem unfair and to not be aggressive to the point of hurting someone. For parents, he encourages the parents to respect the opposing team, referees, etc.
  • He goes above and beyond. He encourages his team like no one else and constantly provides guidance and advice to the players. He is clearly the most engaged and energetic coach, and it shows up in how his team performs.
  • He has developed the players in a variety of ways. He has shaken up the team, trying players in different positions out of their comfort zone. It has proven to be very productive, as some players can now play several different positions comfortably and confidently.
  • Riley's coaching philosophy and leadership skills are to positively encourage the boys to meet their potential and grow as players and community members. He had each boy develop goals at the beginning of the season and he has helped them reach their goals throughout the season.
  • During Player technical training and private lessons, he always encourages others of all ages and genders to join and improve on skills.
  • Riley has kept the game fun for the kids, while teaching new skills to improve. He has instilled confidence in our players and positively motivates them, while still having fun.

Boys Recreational Coach of the Year - Doug Craig

Doug resides in North Bend; he is married with three sons who all play soccer for SnVYSA.  Doug has his E license and has coached recreational soccer for SnVYSA the past nine (9) years as head coach.  Doug is also a very knowledgeable and well respected SnVYSA referee and is also very involved in the community.

Nominators comments:

  • Doug encourages a positive environment where all players are appreciated and valued.
  • Doug Craig IS sportsmanship!  He is a coach who models "fairness", "appropriateness", "modesty" and "respect" in everything he does on and off the field! 
  • He consistently demonstrates kindness and respect towards the other team and referees.
  • Coach Doug selfless dedication to coaching his players is commendable. He teaches the kids to love the game, not just the winning. He has consistently encouraged his players to do their best and bring out the best in one another.
  • Coach Craig encourages players to try different positions and consistently build their skills. He provides them constructive feedback and always finds something encouraging to say to them.
  • Coach Craig leads by example.  His calm approach and ability to "roll with it" are truly awe-inspiring and effective.  Big picture, he seems to be all about growth (improving skills, maturing as soccer players, maturing as boys/teens), instilling confidence, and having fun.  It's been so valuable to have such a great role model for our son over the last 4 years.
  • Coach Doug brings a positive attitude to the entire field. He encourages his boys to play and referee, another skill that is in great need. He is a big supporter of SnVYSA.
  • Doug goes above and beyond every game and every practice. We really appreciate all he has done for his team and the growth we have seen in our athlete.
  • I have coached another team and shared a field with Doug. Watching his players return year after year show they respect him and want to return to soccer to be with the soccer community that he has helped build.
  • I have frequently said how lucky we feel to have ended up on Coach Craig's team for so many years. It is important to me to have my son's coaches be people I respect and value as role models and Coach Craig has always been that - and beyond.

Rob has lived in the Snoqualmie valley for years, and now resides in Sammamish with his wife and infant son.  He is the head coach for Cascade FC Boys 2011 Green team and the Girls 2010 Green team.  Rob has been a head coach with Cascade FC since 2018.  Rob has earned his B license and played soccer for his alma mater Notre Dame. 

Nominators comments:

  • Coach Rob is always respectful and encourages good sportsmanship behaviors in the players--even after tough games.
  • Rob is always watching for new insights into what can develop each player individually and as a whole.
  • He has demonstrated that he is extremely capable of mentoring, coaching, and leading our kids.
  • He wants the girls to be responsible to each other, figure it out on the field, and he will generally provide much less instruction during games so that the kids will work out their collective game.
  • I really appreciate how he respects my kid and the entire team. He takes responsibility when appropriate and is just all around an excellent leader on and off the field.
  • He genuinely cares about his players and wants to improve his own skills so that he can be a better coach to each of them.

Jessica is married and resides in Redmond.  Jessica is one of those rare gem coaches that does not have any children participating in SnVYSA soccer.  She has been coaching recreational soccer for SnVYSA the past six (6) years as head coach of the Fall City Girls 2010 team.  She is passionate about the game, is a 40+ year player herself and enjoys coaching the youth in the community.  SnVYSA is beyond grateful for Jessica and the volunteer time and energy she brings to the association.

Nominators comments:

  • Jessica models a respect for opponents, referees, and the game in general. I have never heard her say anything negative about others in a game setting.
  • She is encouraging and helpful, and pushes the girls to work hard, but always in a growth-focused way.
  • She is skilled at coaching these girls about soccer, sportsmanship, and how to be a team.
  • Jessica is dedicated to the growth of the girls’ skills and is always stressing positive attitude, good sportsmanship, and putting the team before individual players. She is a fantastic role model for the players on her team who all love her so much!
  • Coach instills sportsmanship in me and my team beyond soccer by encouraging us to look at the bright side and listening to and asking questions about how we are doing in school and in other after school activities.
  • Jessica practices what she preaches. When she shows us a soccer move during warm up time, when it is time to do scrimmage, she will show us how to properly use that skill. Or, when she tells us to be on time for a game, she will herself be on time, in fact, she is normally quite early.
  • Jessica teaches teamwork. The girls know soccer is a team effort, not one individual player.
  • Jessica develops the players. It has been fantastic to see each players development over the years in passing, receiving and in confidence. The team has improved each year, and when a new member is added, she naturally sees where to place them on the field and how to help them develop into better players.
  • She is consistent and amazingly reliable with practice. She strives for excellence and coaches the girls to play as a team instead of just following the ball. She teaches them correct position names and the technical aspects of the game.
  • Coach Jessica has worked with this same team of girls (roughly) for the past several years. Her commitment to her team has tremendously grown their skills in soccer as well as their love for the game. They are a well-respected team who play hard, are developed players in more than one position, and work together each week to get the job done on the pitch!
  • Jessie makes us feel encouraged to do our best during soccer practice, and during games. She creates a training environment filled with enthusiasm and self-confidence. When we do something well, she will give us a big smile and congratulate us.
  • Jessica creates a happy, fun energy for these girls to model.
  • There is comradery. Jessica helps each player feel valued. They know she cares about them as a person, not just a soccer player.
  • Her leadership is for excellence, hard work, and positive attitudes. The girls have fun and do their very best for her.
  • She cares for the team, and the players know it, so they listen.
  • Jessie's coaching philosophy is she wants me and my team to become the best soccer players we can be.
  • I know that she is well respected in the league and always brings a positive experience to every game we play and every field we visit. Everyone loves and respects her.
  • She encourages all athletes to be their best, and my daughter would not be playing soccer if it weren’t for coach Jessica.
  • She is encouraging and makes us feel good about what we are doing. She is quite a good soccer player herself (She started doing soccer when she was 4 or 5 and has been doing it ever since) and is full of information, ideas, tips, moves, and strategies to help us do well.
  • Jessica is AMAZING. Every girl on her team (past and present) adores her, grow from her coaching, and want to continue playing soccer. She has really instilled a love and knowledge of the game in my daughter, as well as many other girls on the team.

Jason resides in Snoqualmie; he is married with two sons and one daughter who all play soccer with SnVYSA.  Jason is the head coach/assistant coach of three recreational teams this season!  Jason earned his E license this year and has coached recreational soccer for SnVYSA the past seven (7) years.  Jason is also the SnVYSA Snoqualmie Club Representative and serves on the board.   When there is a call out for assistance whether it be for moving goals, helping a new coach or hanging nets, Jason always shows up and has a positive attitude.    Jason also coaches his boys baseball teams in the spring and supports many other community events.

Nominators comments:

  • Coach Jason promotes sportsmanship in every aspect. He encourages the boys to be positive with each other. On Coach Jason's sideline you hear words like, "Nice idea!" or "Great effort," or "You'll get it next time."
  • Coach Jason constantly promotes great sportsmanship and playing clean.
  • Three years ago we were fortunate enough to be randomly placed on Jason Norlin's team. The entire team has grown together. They have fun, support each other, and the skills have followed. He develops more than the soccer skills; he has taught these boys how to be a team.
  • He exemplifies what it means to be a leader. He is always positive and encouraging.
  • Coach is great at giving positive reinforcement and feedback, while still correcting unwanted behavior (also in a positive way). He is kind, patient, and encouraging.
  • He has always provided information on how to positively impact one's child through sports. He leads by example and that carries on throughout our team and their families. It really makes me think about how I respond to my child before, during and after games. This influence will carry on with our son long after he is done playing soccer.
  • He demonstrates passion for kids in the community playing soccer.
  • He took the time to speak with my daughter and encourage her to officiate her first match as a new 8th grade grassroots referee. He reinforced that the community would be supportive and is doing the outreach to make sure the game is supported in every facet.
  • Jason has been welcoming and positive since the start of communication back in mid-late summer.
  • He positively recognizes good efforts, and always ends with encouragement and acknowledgement.

Samantha resides in Duvall and is a sophomore at Cedarcrest High School where she is also playing school soccer.  Samantha has been playing soccer with SnVYSA the past 11 years and has been with Cascade FC for three of those years. Samantha is currently on the Cascade FC Girls 2006 Green team. Samantha is a returning referee and began refereeing as one of our inhouse referees in 2019 and received her Grade 8 license in 2020.  She is doing an exceptional job as a referee. She is very knowledgeable, mature, confident, positive, and a great role model and teacher on the pitch.

Nominators comments:

  • She made great calls throughout the game and communicated her calls confidently and succinctly.
  • She took the time before the game to talk with the coaches and did a gear check with the boys (the only one we saw that did this!).
  • She was a positive role model for the boys and love that she took the time to educate players as they went on the calls she was making. They learned from their mistakes!
  •  We appreciate her maturity, her knowledge, and her hard work. In this regard I think she contributed to promoting the game and making sure the boys had a great experience and are likely to return!
  • All in all, she was the best we saw this season.

Peter resides in Fall City and is an 8th grader at Chief Kanim Middle School.  He has played soccer with SnVYSA the past 9 years and has been with Cascade FC for four of those years. Peter is currently on the Cascade FC Boys 2008 Green team.  This is Peter’s first year as a referee and he is doing a phenomenal job. He is very knowledgeable, confident, friendly, and controls the game well.

Nominators comments:

  • Peter has been the most professional and knowledgeable referee we have had this year.  He is always clear with his calls and gives the boys helpful tips to improve their game.
  • He sets a great example for the boys on my team!
  • He controls the game very well.  He blows his whistle loudly and helps the players understand what the call is.  He coaches them on how to make a good throw in. 
  • He's confident, not afraid to speak up, friendly with parents/coaches/players. Knows the rules and understands the game.
  • Best ref we've had and glad we've had him twice.