2013 Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced
US Youth Soccer honors regional Male and Female Young Referees of the Year
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
Twitter: @USYouthSoccer, live announcement of national winner
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2013) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Male and Female Young Referee of the Year awards. The Young Referee of the Year Award honors those who have a strong work ethic, have knowledge of the rules of the game and are positive role models.
The national Young Referee of the Year winners will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Philadelphia, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms.
Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Miguel Lara – Pawtucket, R.I.
Refereeing since 2004, Miguel Lara already has loads of experience. He both played and refereed at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships and stepped up in his local community at a young age to become the city’s referee assignor. He’s refereed several tournament finals, as well as games featuring players older than himself. Miguel has mentored other young referees, and he is very active at Clark University as a resident advisor and member of several clubs.
Region II – Bradley Barlog – Macomb, Mich.
Bradley Barlog has learned discipline, patience and gained confidence through soccer as a player and referee. He began refereeing recreation matches and recently worked in the US Youth Soccer Michigan State Cup. Bradley has continued to develop as a referee and is now a valued official at the highest youth level, as well as adult amateur games. He is willing to work with assessors and mentors to improve his officiating and passes his knowledge on to younger referees.
Region III – Donovan Corey Eubank – Huron, Tenn.
Being involved with soccer as a player and referee has guided Donovan Eubank’s behavior across all parts of his life. He knows the importance of both following and enforcing the rules. He started refereeing at age 12 and earned his Grade 7 badge when he turned 17. Donovan’s success playing soccer has made him a great team player, and he doesn’t hesitate to mentor other young referees to help them improve.
Region IV – Forrest C. Dunnahoo – Rio Rancho, N.M.
Since the age of the 13, Forrest Dunnahoo has been a USSF referee. By the time he was 16, Forrest had worked at the US Youth Soccer Washington State Cup and the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. He’s attended a professional referee training seminar in Seattle to help further his knowledge of the game and became a Grade 6 referee in 2013. Outside of refereeing, Forrest has played soccer for many years and is also a National Honor Society student.
Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Sydney Rhian Patterson – White Plains, Md.
Now 17, Sydney Rhian Patterson has been refereeing since registering in 2008. In that time, she’s been selected to work many US Youth Soccer Maryland State Cup games, including the Under-13 Girls final in 2013. She also refereed at both the 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships and the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. She is now working toward becoming a USSF Grade 7 referee and a member of the Elite Mentor Group in Maryland to help younger referees.
Region II – Lauren Stalcup – Overland Park, Kan.
Lauren Stalcup has become a reliable referee who has worked at several State Cups and recently represented Kansas at a US Youth Soccer ODP Region II camp. She’s pursuing a Grade 7 certificate and has also began working as a referee mentor to advise and assist new referees throughout the season. In addition to refereeing, she plays soccer and basketball. Lauren also excels in the classroom while taking Honors and college-level courses.
Region III – Paola A. Rivera – Dacula, Ga.
Born in Puerto Rico, Paola Rivera moved to the United States in 2002 and began playing soccer shortly after. She completed a referee course in 2010 and attained a Grade 7 certification in 2013. She has worked at State Cup and ODP events and presents herself as a role model for younger referees. Paola promotes the game to others and volunteers with her local TOPSoccer program to give everyone in her community a chance to play.
Region IV – Tiffany C. Yamanouchi – Pearl City, Hawaii
The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be held in Philadelphia from Jan. 15-19, 2014. The annual Workshop will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. For more information, please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Workshop/NSCAA.
Tiffany Yamanouchi became certified as a USSF Grade 8 referee in September 2010, with all of her knowledge being self-taught. Since then, she’s worked at many of Hawaii Youth Soccer Association’s major tournaments, as well as several adult leagues. Now a sophomore at UNLV, she continues to referee in various leagues in Nevada. Tiffany has demonstrated a great love of the game, as she has played competitively for 12 years and coached teams in addition to refereeing.