US Lacrosse Announces Youth Lacrosse Awards for 2013

BALTIMORE, Jan. 13, 2014 - US Lacrosse named the six winners of its 2013 Youth Awards, which were awarded during the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The awards are given to honor contributors to youth lacrosse around the country.

Girls' Youth Coach of the Year
Lindsey Anderson Newcastle, Wash.

Given to an outstanding youth girls' coach who embodies the characteristics of an ideal coach supporting the US Lacrosse mission and vision, dedicating him or herself to his or her players and providing the best possible lacrosse experience for everyone involved. For the past five years, Lindsey Anderson has been coaching and mentoring girls playing for the Queen Anne Quick Styx (QAQS) Girls' Youth Lacrosse Club in Washington. She volunteers numerous hours coaching practices, tournaments and games in addition to serving on the program's board. She is the QAQS Under-15 head coach and is a mentor to the U13 and U11 coaches. In his nomination letter, QAQS Director George Bergeron wrote, "She is always the first one to arrive at practices and games, and inevitably the last one to leave. Every practice she is prepared with a plan and goals to achieve. She does not discuss win/loss records, but focuses on what has been learned and developed during a game or season."

Boys' Youth Coach of the Year
Scott Peeler Springboro, Ohio

Given to an outstanding youth boys' coach who embodies the characteristics of an ideal coach supporting US Lacrosse mission and vision, dedicating him or herself to his or her players and providing the best possible lacrosse experience for everyone involved. Over the last six years, Scott Peeler has helped foster the growth of the Springboro (Ohio) Lacrosse Club and its players. In addition to coaching the third and fourth grades teams, he requested and received the director of youth development position through which he meets regularly with the other youth coaches to help them improve as coaches. In his nomination letter, John Stachler, a parent of a current player, wrote, "The energy that Scott has provided the program [as director of youth development] also follows him on the field. I have never observed a coach put as much energy in truly teaching kids what the game is lacrosse is about."

Program Administrator of the Year
David Stickler Wrightsville, Pa. (Posthumous)

Given to an outstanding administrator of a league or program who runs a program of excellence that upholds the mission and vision of US Lacrosse. Involved in the sport for many years, David Stickler spent the 2012 fall and 2013 spring lacrosse season in a new role as a program administrator for the Eastern Knights Lacrosse (EKL) program. Before passing away fall 2013, Stickler accomplished an extensive list of tasks including: running preseason meetings with parents and players, recruiting and training coaches, promoted and hosted clinics players clinics, set up registration process, collected fees, paid bills, ordered equipment and uniforms, scheduled officials, and much more. In his nomination letter, Bob Rhein, former EKL program administrator and current boys' head coach at Eastern York (Pa.) High School, wrote, "What really sets David apart from the others is he invested a tremendous amount of time helping to raise the funds necessary for our high school to have lacrosse this spring. He started the EKL Foundation by completing all the required paperwork to qualify as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. I cannot think of one area that think of one area that David did not positively contribute this spring and I can say that had he not stepped forward to assume this role, our high school program would have never gotten off the ground, our youth program would have folded and six years of growth would have evaporated."

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