As the 61st season of London Minor Football wrapped up, the LMFA coaches appreciation night at the Dawghouse pub featured the ‘coach of the year’ awards, and five coaches were recognized for their outstanding work in 2019.
The London Football Official’s Association awarded the Cobras U12 team and coach Paul Politis with the Most Sportsmanlike Team award. This award demonstrates and confirms the LMFA’s commitment to teaching great sportsmanship and life lessons that players will use forever.
The U10 coach of the year was Ross Phillips. Ross coached the Red Storm team after being an assistant last year. He showed great enthusiasm and taught sportsmanship while leading his team into the playoffs.
Jeremy Masterson of the Rams was the U12 coach of the year. He jumped in at the last minute after coaching the Panthers U10 team last year and was a terrific leader and role model for the Rams in 2019.
Andrew Coulter was the U14 coach of the year for his work with the Hammers. The Hammers competed hard all year as Andrew worked with student coaches from Lucas high school. The student coaches are great examples and leaders for the younger players.
The 2019 LMFA Coach of the Year was Jay Pearce from the U14 Bulldogs. Jay has coached for many years in LMFA, and he helped lead the Bulldogs to the championship game this year. The team completed community service projects as well. Jay taught the players to work together – both on and off the field.
Looking ahead, the very popular 2020 LMFA indoor skills camps are underway until March at Centrefield Sports. For more information on the 2020 LMFA fall season, or the indoor camps, please visit www.lmfafootball.ca or call 519-852-4465.
Submitted by London Minor Football Association