Ads' Lauer gets regional award

December 17, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

The award has Michael Lauer's name on it, but the Danville girls soccer coach said it's an honor his entire team can share in.

Lauer has been recognized as one of 24 winners of regional coach of the year awards presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and he is in the running for a national coach of the year award to be presented next month.

He led Danville to a 16-4-1 record, and the Admirals won a regional championship and reached the round of eight in the state playoffs - the best any area team has ever done - before losing to eventual state runner-up Woodford County.

The first-year coach is the winner of the NSCAA/adidas Girls Division II Central Region Coach of the Year award for schools with enrollments under 800 - there are separate categories for large, small and private/parochial schools. The region includes schools from Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.


"Frankly I'm very surprised, being a rookie coach," Lauer said Thursday. "It's yet another honor for the team."

Lauer and seven other regional winners are in the running for the national coach of the year award in their division, which will be presented Jan. 14 at the NCSAA convention in Baltimore.

Lauer said he would typically attend the convention - a massive gathering of coaches from all levels of the sport - but he said the trip will be special this year. He'll be recognized along with the other regional winners at a breakfast banquet, and the national winners will be announced at a dinner the same day.

"That's going to be a blast," he said.

If he wins the national award, he will serve as one of the coaches in the 2005 McDonald's All-American games.

"That would be special, but there's still a ways to go," he said.

Lauer was nominated for the regional award because he received the same award at the state level from the Kentucky High School Girls Soccer Coaches Association. Each of the five states in the Central Region has at least one representative charged with selecting the regional winner.

"I don't even know who Kentucky's representative was," he said. "Obviously some people have said some very nice things about me, and I really appreciate that."

Lauer was the only boys or girls coach from Kentucky to win one of the regional awards.

Lauer said he didn't think word of his honor had reached many of his players yet.

"I don't think a lot of them know about it yet, but they might now," he said. "It's a reflection of them and the team as much as anything else."

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