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.