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KHS soccer coach honored with Positive Coaching Alliance award

Jamie Nicewander Longtime Kofa High School boys soccer coach Jamie Nicewander was named a regional winner of Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap.

Nicewander was selected, along with other regional winners, among 700 nominations representing 44 of 50 states.

“I am honored to be included with such a prestigious list of dedicated people,” Nicewander said. “When YUHSD coaches get up in the morning, we don't do what we do every day to get recognition, it’s icing on the cake. We love working with young people in our Yuma community and we do it to make our community a better place.”

Nicewander, who has headed Kofa’s boys soccer program for 17 years, has amassed more than 175 victories during his tenure, including leading the Kings to a state semifinals berth in 2016 and a state finals appearance in 2011. He’s also maintained a keen focus on building character and sportsmanship, whether on the pitch at Kofa or for his club team.

“Regardless if it's high school soccer or club soccer, the goal has to be to shape young people into what they need to be for a better future,” Nicewander said. “Character is our focus. Attention to detail in 'how' they speak to each other as teammates, coming prepared, demonstrating a focused work ethic, showing up on time and giving their best regardless of the outcome. Soccer comes after those things. Character just matters more.”

All PCA regional winners receive a copy of Double-Goal Coaching by PCA Founder, Jim Thompson, free access to the Double-Goal Coach® online course and will be in contention to be selected as a National Winner, which will be announced at the National Youth Sports Awards and Benefit sponsored by Deloitte on Saturday, May 2 in Santa Clara, California.

Last year, YUHSD began a partnership with PCA, including working with the company’s accomplished staff of training specialist to help foster a positive athletic environment for coaches and players in the district.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org