Three Pillars of Leadership at Albion SC – Three ‘Cal South Competitive Coaches of the Year’
The three pillars of Albion SC are Noah Gins, Technical Director, Wayne Crowe Development Director, Noah Kooiman Advancement Director — all have been named Cal South Coach of the Year.
Cal South has just announced that Albion Soccer Club‘s youth soccer coach Wayne Crowe has been named Development Coach of the Year for 2013. Albion SC Technical Director Noah Gins was recognized with this distinction in 2011 and Advancement Director Noah Kooiman received this honor in 2012.
Gins, Kooiman and Crowe also share the honor of having coached a team to win a Cal South State Championship and, in some cases, multiple State Championships. As a matter of fact, these three outstanding youth soccer coaches have earned a combined total of eleven State Championships.
Led by strong leadership from these three highly experienced coaches, Albion SC’s development program has produced resounding success across multiple age brackets with both the girls and boys teams.
With more than three hundred youth soccer clubs in the Cal South region, it is remarkable for one youth soccer club to have the distinction of having three coaches on staff who have been awarded Cal South Coach of the Year.
“It is great for Albion SC to have three coaches providing such stellar examples of successful team and player development,” said Gins. “I am very proud of our coaches and thank Cal South for recognizing their contribution to the game. I am very proud Wayne will be honored this year.”
Wayne Crowe, Development Academy Director & GK Director at Albion SC’s said, “I am super excited to be honored by this award from Cal South. Last year was a great year and being recognized, as a top coach is a great privilege.” When asked where Crowe gets his motivation from, he answered, “Helping players achieve new heights of development motivates me everyday. It is great to develop the teams to be successful and it is nice to get the recognition for all the hard work.”
What is next? Crowe believes great coaches are always learning and developing themselves. “I know that I am a more experienced coach than what I was just a few years ago; after coaching three hours every night as well as over 100 games a year. As a coach, I am always learning, and there are always ideas you can get from watching and studying other good coaches,” explained Crowe.
Noah Kooiman, who has lead his teams to win seven state championships said, “Coaching is my passion and it was a great honor to be recognized by Cal South as Competitive Coach of the Year in 2012. Developing soccer players is my passion and is what we do at Albion SC.” Kooiman, who obviously loves his work continued, “It is easy to spot a player that has the potential to be a big time soccer player. And as a youth coach, I always try to teach the game in a way that the result is going to be what a college coach is going to want at their university.”
Albion SC Technical Director Noah Gins said, “The leadership at Albion SC continues to make their mark in youth soccer with developing some of the most talented teams and players while coaching their teams to victory. Success is bringing the best out of the players, and ultimately the team,” says Gins. “The road to success in youth soccer is paved with technical ability and soccer intelligence and is bolstered by a player’s confidence and his passion for the sport.”
When Gins took on the role of directing the Albion Soccer Club in 1998, the club had only a half dozen competitive teams and a large recreational program. In the years since then the club has grown to over 50 teams with over 1000 players and has produced more than 10 U.S. National Teams players. Highly respected for running a well organized and player development focused youth soccer club, Gins’ commitment to helping players succeed is well known.
Out of the thousands of licensed competitive youth soccer coaches in Cal South, it is a huge honor to be recognized as Competitive Coach of the Year. This mark of high achievement is awarded by Cal South annually since 2003.