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Oregon goalkeeper, Shane Sullivan, gets a save in front of Verona's Will Haessig, as Oregon takes on Verona in boys high school soccer on Tuesday at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona, Wisconsin

Oregon boys soccer coach Kevin May was among the recipients of the first awarding of the High School Coach of Significance Award by the United Soccer Coaches.

United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA), along with the association’s High School Coaches Member Group, announce the recipients of the first annual High School Coach of Significance Award on Wednesday, according to a release from the organization, based in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The High School Coach of Significance Award acknowledged high school coaches who go above and beyond by using their coaching position to teach life lessons and provide opportunities to develop outstanding young men and women.

"This is an exciting time for not only the United Soccer Coaches, but also for our high school advocacy team,” said Greg Winkler, boys chairman of the High School Coaches Member Group. “Our group has worked very hard to find a way to recognize our high school coaches that focus their efforts on building relationships and coaching beyond the playing field. We want to congratulate our first class of recipients on their accomplishments and we look forward to sharing more great stories in the future."

Recipients of the 2017 High School Coach of Significance Award are listed alphabetically by state:

Arkansas – Ron Teat

California – Edwin Manzanero

Connecticut – Scott McCarty

Florida – Leo Madrigal

Georgia – Katie Scali

Indiana – Rollie Clements

Iowa – John O’Connor

Maryland – Todd Knepper

Massachusetts – John Barata

Minnesota – Mindy Daugherty

Missouri – Kyle Austin

New Jersey – Billy Caruso

New York – Matthew Allen

North Carolina – Susan Ellis

Ohio – Derek Hone

Oregon – Alyson Hollewijn

Pennsylvania – Jim Hardy

South Carolina – Kevin Heise

Texas – Sulema Tamez

Utah – Lee Gillie

Vermont – Lori McClallen

Virginia – Cosmo Balio

Wisconsin – Kevin May

The first class of award winners represent 23 states and are recognized in the September/October edition of Soccer Journal. The goal is to annually recognize a total of 50 individuals with one recipient from each state.

Winners of the High School Coach of Significance Award are nominated by a United Soccer Coaches member though an online form that includes at least one letter of reference. Completed forms are reviewed by the selection committee comprised of national, regional, and state representation.