US Youth Soccer names coaching honorees

William Laycock of Sandown, N.H., Matt Vogel of Lexington, Ky., Wilson Rendon of Orlando, Fla., and Stan Baker of Tualatin, Ore., have been named the regional winners of the 2011 US Youth Soccer Boys Competitive Coach of the Year awards.

The national Boys Competitive Coach of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Boston.

The Competitive Coach of the Year is awarded to a coach for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners:

Region I: William Laycock, Sandown, N.H.

As a volunteer competitive soccer coach in the Timberwolves Soccer Club for 18 years, Bill Laycock has been developing young players with a simple motto, "Play simple." Laycock encourages a positive team attitude and good sportsmanship. This mentality has paid off as Laycock has led teams to US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, State Championships and Region I Championship tournaments. Additionally, Laycock encourages his players to become referees.

Region II: Matt Vogel, Lexington, Ky.

Matt Vogel used his successes as a youth and college soccer player to propel him into coaching for LFC in Kentucky. He has led his team to consecutive US Youth Soccer State Championship finals appearances and to a division championship in the Midwest Regional League. In addition to his club duties, Vogel is a member of the US Youth Soccer Kentucky ODP staff. Vogel holds a USSF "D" License.

Region III: Wilson Rendon, Orlando, Fla.

Wilson Rendon began his coaching career leading his own children and has gone on to coach youth teams for more than 15 years with Orange County Soccer Club and with Florida Rush Soccer Club. Rendon has won multiple US Youth Soccer State Championships based on his approach of player development. Currently, Rendon holds a USSF "C" License and a National Youth License. He was also a Grade 6 referee for many years.

Region IV: Stan Baker, Tualatin, Ore.

Stan Baker, director of coaching at Newberg Soccer Club, has traveled the world to better his coaching ability. In addition to his club duties, Baker coaches an Oregon US Youth Soccer ODP team that has produced 19 players invited to Regional US Youth Soccer ODP player pools over two years. Baker holds a USSF "A" License and a National Youth License, as well as FIFA-approved licenses from Brazil, Peru and Argentina.