Austin-Area Lonestar Soccer Club Director named National Youth Coach of the Year

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Lonestar moves into national spotlight under the leadership of Sean Bubb, recognition by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Lonestar Soccer Club today announced that its Executive Director of Coaching, Sean Bubb, received a prestigious national award earlier this year. Bubb was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Youth Coach of the Year at the annual NSCAA Convention Awards Ceremony held in Baltimore. NSCAA is the largest coaching association in the world and, since its founding in 1941, has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. This award for Bubb brings national-level recognition of him, but also recognition of the strength of Austin-area youth soccer.

Lonestar moves into national spotlight under the leadership of Sean Bubb, recognition by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Paul Payne, president of the NSCAA, commented, “This award is quite a testament to the outstanding work that Sean has done over the years to grow the game at the youth level. To be recognized by your coaching peers with the Youth National Coach of the Year award puts him in elite company among coaches who are involved in youth soccer. His tireless efforts to promote the game as well as his commitment to teaching the players make him a worthy recipient of this award. On behalf of the NSCAA we offer congratulations.”

Upon receiving the award Bubb commented, "This is an award for the entire club, the players, staff and volunteers. It is recognition of the hard work put in day after day by the players and coaches." He added, "We are very proud of the opportunities our players and teams now have.”

Coach Bubb, a native of Rossington, England, grew up playing soccer, the game he loved. He switched from playing to coaching in 1989 when he moved to the US and became the assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte. Sean progressed through the coaching ranks with experience in the college game and the youth game.

Since 1990, Sean has coached numerous regional and national level players and teams in North Carolina and, more recently, in Austin, while also being a part of the Olympic Development Program Region III staff for 15 years.

In 2000 Sean earned the UEFA ‘A’ Coaching License, at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, from the Irish Football Association (IFA). “We want to congratulate Sean on achieving this award following so many years of service to the great game. It’s exciting to see the growth of the game in America,” said Nigel Best, Performance Manager and Head of Coach Education at the Irish Football Association.

Austin-area Lonestar Soccer Club president, Rod Favaron, believes the award is just the beginning for Lonestar, “This is great for Sean and the club is very proud of his achievement, though it comes as no surprise. We have seen Sean work tirelessly for six years since arriving in Austin to ensure our players and teams are successful, on and off the field.”

Lonestar Soccer Club is one of a handful of Nike Premier Soccer Clubs around the US. Through this relationship, Nike works with Lonestar coaches to provide better competitions for players, better equipment, training and coaches education. "Nike is honored to be partners with Lonestar Soccer Club and we are proud of Sean Bubb's success and accomplishments at the Club," said Joe Elsmore, director of Nike Soccer Sports Marketing.

About Lonestar Soccer Club
Lonestar is the leading youth soccer club in Central Texas. Based in Austin, Lonestar serves more than 6,000 member families from Waco to San Antonio and Johnson City to College Station. Lonestar is a proud member of both the USSF DA and the ECNL. We pride ourselves in providing a place for players of all levels to enjoy the game of soccer and in providing a platform for players to strive to progress to collegiate and professional soccer. Since 2004, Lonestar has placed more than 500 players on college rosters throughout the United States and 11 former Lonestar players have progressed to the professional game. For more: http://www.lonestar-sc.com

About National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
From its origins as a handful of college coaches in 1941, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world’s largest coaches organization. As it has grown, the NSCAA has welcomed coaches from all levels of the game and coaches of both men’s and women’s teams, making its membership demographic unique among similar associations. The NSCAA is committed to providing a full range of benefits and services to the diverse population of soccer coaches in the United States. For more: http://www.nscaa.com/

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