Monday, January 25, 2010

Rapids U14 Coach David Proctor Named CYS Boys Competitve Coach of the Year

Rapids Academy coach David Proctor was named Competitive Boys coach of the year Saturday evening at the annual Colorado Youth Soccer Awards Banquet.

Proctor (in the center in the back row of the attached photo, posed with his Rapids U14 team in 2009) earned the honor primarily for his work with the Rapids U14 team, which he coached during the 2008-09 season. One of the inaugural Academy teams, the Rapids U14s earned many team and individual honors under Proctor’s guidance.

As a team, they excelled in the Clyde Best international tournament last February against teams such as French club FC Sochaux and the Bermuda national teams. They also reached the State Cup semifinals before being eliminated on penalty kicks.

More importantly, two of the Rapids' youth team players players, Ricardo Perez and Geno Bigelow, earned their first call-ups to their respective US National Team player pools during the year under Proctor's guidance.

Proctor also coached the Rapids U17 team and played an important part in the Rapids' effots to help implement recreational leagues in both the Stapleton and Commerce City neighborhoods.

Although Proctor caught the headlines on the night, the Rapids Recreational Coaches of the year, Ben Valore-Caplan and Kathleen Cleveland, were also recognized by CYS.

The Rapids' first team were also well-represented at the event, with the club's Managing Director Jeff Plush, Technical Director Paul Bravo, Head Coach Gary Smith, Assistant Coach Steve Guppy and Academy Director Brian Crookham all in attendance.

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