The 2010 Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) Awards Luncheon on January 23 in Arlington was a proud moment for BRYC U13 Boys Coach Nick Hoang as he received the organizations’ recognition as Boys Recreational Soccer Coach of the Year. Nick is pictured at left, accepting the award from VYSA President Denise Edwards and VYSA Technical Director Gordon Miller.
Nick was born and raised in the DC metropolitan area. He spent 13 years of his childhood playing soccer in BRYC. After graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School, he attended Virginia Tech where he continued to play competitive soccer at the club level. After graduating from Tech, Nick returned to the area and immediately signed up with BRYC as a recreational coach. Since that time, he has coached players from U10 up to U13 including many all-star teams along the way. In addition to his services as a recreational coach, he also coaches a travel team. Nick eats, sleeps, and breathes soccer.
"Growing up, I had two coaches in particular who mentored me during my entire childhood in BRYC soccer," Nick recalled recently. "These coaches not only taught my teammates and me how to be good soccer players, but good people in general. Looking back, these times on my soccer team are some of my fondest memories of my childhood. I try to emulate this experience for my players (and their parents). If, at the end of the season, my players and parents come away with something they didn’t have prior to the season whether that’s improved skills, increased knowledge/tactics, success on the field, or even things such as new friends and good memories....then I have succeeded as a coach."
Congratulations to Nick from all of us at BRYC.