Workshop 2014 Successful
With over 300 attendees and sessions running from Friday night through Sunday afternoon, the 24th annual OSA/Score Soccer Workshop was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Planning and preparation by the OSA staff under the guidance of Executive Director Sid Goodrich made the weekend enjoyable. The Reed Center at the Sheraton Midwest City was easily found and parking was free which made most of the members attending happy.
The Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday night drew a large crowd to see Wayne Ewing, Wilbert Maximore, Ed Michaud, and John Timmons be inducted as the Class of 2014.
The Awards Luncheon featured insights to the new OKC Energy team's coach, Jimmy Nielsen, as he was the keynote speaker and shared many stories of his playing days. OKC Energy also announced their partmership with OSA in the paying for coaching courses for Oklahoma Soccer Association club members. All Youth Modules, the F License, and the E license will be paid by OKC Energy thus making it easy for coaches to become licensed through US Soccer.
Many OSA members were recognized including Volunteer of the Year, Steve Wierachowski (who was also named National Volunteer of the Year by US Youth); Referees of the Year, William Long, Alexa Edison, and Edwin Zunun; Administrator of the Year, Sam Wells; TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, Lisa Schritter-Miley; Special recognition was given to Paul Scott who is serving as State Referee Administrator for his years of officiating at the national level and especially for his recent appearance in the MLS Cup final; Scholarship winners Samuel Arnold, Kali Newman, Emily Rowland, and Cassandra Wilson; ODP players were given backpacks from Score; 4 clubs were given $250 grants from Score: Logan County, Miami, Weatherford, and Tahlequah; 4 coaches of the year were recognized: David Carson, David Redick, Ryan Trudgian, and Steve Mosinski; and finally, many of the attendees were awarded door prizes.
When the coaching sessions drew to a close on Sunday, Oklahoma Soccer had once again provided a useful workshop for its membership.
In 2015, the Workshop will again be in the OKC area so don't forget to watch for information on attending and let's hope we see you there in 2015!