Angela Hucles Receives 2016 Jerry Yeagley Award
The NSCAA has announced Angela Hucles as its 2016 Jerry Yeagley Award winner for a lifetime of dedication and inspiration to the game. The award will be presented at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon during the NSCAA Convention held in January of 2017.
Soccer News: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Wednesday that Angela Hucles will be honored with the 2016 Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Service.
Founder and CEO of the Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series, Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for US Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, former professional soccer player of the Boston Breakers and the US Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Hucles’s successes on the field reflect her off the field; she has dedicated herself to giving back to the community.
“Angela continues to be a role model for the next generation of athletes and her passion for service is an inspiration that extends well beyond sports,” said NSCAA CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel. “She is a talented leader whose investment in community causes has impacted countless individuals across the country. We’re thrilled to honor Angela and celebrate her altruism with one of our most prestigious awards.”
Hucles enjoyed a successful eight-year career with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2002-2009. She won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, and was a member of the World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007. She tallied 13 goals and five assists in 109 appearances for her country.
A native of Virginia Beach, Hucles played at the University of Virginia from 1996-1999. She was a two-time NSCAA All-American forward and four-time First Team All-ACC selection. She finished her colliatee career eighth on the ACC’s all-time goal scoring chart with 59 goals, second most in school history.
Hucles played with the Boston Breakers for all three seasons of the WUSA (2001-03) and also featured for the club in their inaugural WPS season in 2009. After retirement, Hucles was employed as a soccer analyst and broadcaster for FOX and NBC.
Hucles was named the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2009 in recognition of her contributions off the pitch. Her legacy has continued in recent years with roles in several important philanthropic organizations, highlighted by receiving the Yolanda L. Jackson Give Back Award two years ago.
Hucles founded Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series to promote leadership for female athletes. She has also served as President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, President of the Board for Dream Big, Advisory Board Member at You Can Play Project and Regional Director at Up2Us. She is a spokesperson for New England SCORES, volunteered with CityKicks and worked closely with Savings Make Cents through the Massachusetts State Treasury Department.
The Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Service is presented by the NSCAA annually to a former collegiate student-athlete who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments outside of soccer itself. The award is named in honor of the legendary Indiana University soccer coach and will be presented at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
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