CHICAGO (Wednesday, October 1, 2003) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs and Nike have announced the latest recipients of the semiannual April Heinrichs/Nike Coaching Education Scholarships.
The winners of the scholarships were chosen from an outstanding field of candidates from across the country from every level of the sport. The five September 2003 winners are Lindsey Sosovec (Brookings, South Dakota), Michael Regan (Davenport, Iowa), Rob Herringer (Leavenworth, Kansas), Rozanne DeWeese (Terre Haute, Indiana) and Mary Naimie (San Clemente, California).
“The award selection committee continues to be impressed with and challenged by the number of quality applications received for this wonderful opportunity,” said Heinrichs in announcing the awards. “It is exciting to see the number of coaches dedicated to their own education and the development of their players. There is no question that the growth and development of young female athletes is dependent on proper coaching at all levels and this award is indicative of Nike and U.S. Soccer’s commitment to that process.”
The scholarships were created in 2000 to honor coaches that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their soccer community. Five scholarships are offered annually in the spring and five are awarded in the fall as well. Winners receive $1,000 to help cover the cost of participation in a USSF National Coaching Course for the National A, B and C Licenses.
The following are the criteria one must meet to be considered as a candidate:
- Must be a coach of a women’s and/or girl’s team.
- Must coach at the recreational, club, high school, Olympic Development Program (district, state or regions), or college levels, excluding NCAA Division I Head Coaches.
- All NAIA, NCAA Division II, and NCAA Division III Head and Assistant Coaches are eligible.
- Division I Assistant Coaches are eligible.
The scholarship will next be awarded on April 15, 2004. The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2004. Previously received applications will be held over for the April 2004 award selections, with only those applicants who need to update their information needing to reapply.
The award is restricted to candidates applying for national level USSF courses. Applicants for a state level or non-USSF courses must re-apply to be considered for future scholarship awards.