Park City Soccer Club’s Bob Martin named Coach of the Year
Martin chosen thanks to his passion, dedication to youth soccer
Bob Martin, PCSC’s Director of Coaching, has been named Utah Youth Soccer Association’s Boys’ Competitive Coach of the Year. Bob was awarded the prestigious honor by Utah Youth Soccer Association’s Eric Landon at their Annual Gala in April.
“I get great satisfaction out of teaching the game of soccer to our local kids. I, personally, can’t get enough of the beautiful game and I love to share my passion,” Martin said.
Martin’s passion for the game is evident while he is teaching and coaching, but it’s even more apparent when talking with some of this current and former players.
“Bob took over our team three years ago, when we were still playing in Metro,” Martin’s former player Owen Dufner said. “Under his direction, he developed our confidence, our technical skills and our versatility as players. He helped us to improve our decision-making on the ball, and we ended up going 20-0-1 to reach Premier in just a couple of seasons. Bob is the best coach I have ever worked with.”
Through his role as Director of Coaching, Martin oversees a staff of a dozen coaches who work with boys and girls, ages 6 through 18. The youngest of players, ages 6 through 9, participate in a spring and fall Academy program which emphasizes fun, while introducing soccer skills in a non-competitive environment. Beginning at age 8, players tryout out for competitive club soccer, where Martin oversees a curriculum which focuses on a blend of individual technical skills with the importance of playing as a team.
In his eleven years as PCSC’s Director of Coaching, Martin has worked to develop the Club into an organization which is able to meet the needs of the Park City community. Park City Soccer Club provides its players with the flexibility of developing as soccer athletes through competitive play and technical training, while also pursuing the other competitive sports often that brings families to Park City in the first place, such as ski racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Martin also puts heavy emphasis on creating opportunities and engaging for Park City’s Latino players.
Under Martin’s tenure, the Club has grown to 25 competitive teams and five Academy teams, with over 450 participants. For girls and boys, ages 7 to 19, who are interested in pursuing competitive soccer, the Park City Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for its 2017-18 teams beginning May 22.
Competitive soccer runs June through May, with league play scheduled throughout the fall and spring months. High school age athletes play an abbreviated annual schedule. Tryouts for players born in the years 2008-2010 will be held May 22 – 25, while tryouts for players born from 1999-2007 will be held May 30 – June 2.
All sessions are held at Trailside Park and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information and a detailed tryout schedule based on age group, visit http://www.parkcitysoccer.org or call Coaching Director, Bob Martin, at 435-655-5766.
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