2022 Recipient of the Stephen Nazzaro Coaching Award - G6 Boys Coach - Steve Gillis!
Out of loss, great things can be born. This is what we had in mind when the GYSA Board of Directors decided to establish a coaching award in the name of our friend, board member and coach, Stephen Nazzaro.
On September 5, 2017 Stephen passed away leaving a loving family and soccer community stunned. His dedication to all young players, the sport of soccer and the town of Georgetown touched us all. We wish to honor his legacy by awarding a coach each spring, the Nazzaro Coach of the Year Award.
Stephen possessed a passion for life, family, the sport of soccer, and youth sports. He was kind, caring, positive, fair, and ethical as well as a model citizen. His passion for coaching children was monumental, and the smile he wore as he coached his children and the players on his team was infectious. To Stephen, fair play, equality and making sure every youth athlete made a difference during the game or a practice was more valuable than championships, trophies, standings, or wins. This annual award is given to an individual who exemplifies all the attributes that Steve brought to life and the field.
How to nominate a coach
Does your son or daughter have an amazing coach that deserve to be honored? Near the end of each spring season, families that are participating in the soccer season will recieve an email with instructions on how to nominate your coach.
The honored coach will receive a plaque commemorating the honor, a gift card to a local establishment and a T-shirt. Additionally GYSA will make a monetary donation to the Nazarro Memorial Scholarship Fund in the winner’s name. The award will be presented during the last regular season game.
2021-2022 – Steve Gillis
2020-2021 Jill Thresher
2018-2019 Marcel van Galen
2017-2019 Jody Moore