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Five Recipients Named for April Heinrichs/Nike, Inc. Coaching Education Scholarship Award

CHICAGO (Monday, April 15, 2002) - Nike, Inc. and Women’s National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs are proud to announce the next group of recipients of the April Heinrichs/Nike, Inc. Coaching Education Scholarship Awards. The award selection committee continues to be impressed with and challenged by the number of quality applications received for this wonderful opportunity. It is exciting to see the number of coaches dedicated to their own education and the development of their players. The growth and development of young female athletes is dependent on proper coaching at all levels. This award is indicative of Nike and U.S. Soccer’s commitment to that process.

The following five candidates have been chosen from the outstanding field of candidates from all areas of the country and all levels of the game:

  • Amy Adams (Littleton. Colorado)
  • Cheryl Owiensy (San Jose, California)
  • Ron Raab (Gainesville, Virginia)
  • Marc Rollerson (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • Tracey Ruest (Raymond, New Hampshire)


Each award recipient will be officially notified by mail and will be awarded $1,000 to be used for registration costs and expenses incurred in attending a USSF national level coaching academy. The recipients have indicated intended course at the A, B and C levels. Instructions for redeeming the scholarship award will be included in the award notification letter.

All applications received to date will be held over and considered for the next award to be made September 15, 2002. Only those applicants who need to update their application information need send in a new application. The award has been restricted to candidates applying for national level USSF courses. If your application was for a state level or non-USSF course you must re-apply to be considered for future scholarship awards. The committee made award determinations based on (in no particular order): contribution and involvement in the girl’s and women’s game, evidence of previous dedication to pursuing coaching education, financial considerations, and the impact that the education of this coach might have on the soccer community. If your application did not reflect your strengths in these areas, the committee recommends that you update your information and reapply.

Next application deadline: September 1, 2002.