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Veteran volunteer is girls soccer coach of the year

Tom Jones, left, receives NCYSA 2018 Girls Recreation Coach of the Year Award from NCYSA Vice President Rick Pierce. Tom Jones, left, receives NCYSA 2018 Girls Recreation Coach of the Year Award from NCYSA Vice President Rick Pierce.

Volunteer coach Tom Jones received the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association 2018 Girls Recreation Coach of the Year award on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the association’s annual soccer show in Raleigh.

Jones has volunteered as a soccer coach in Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department’s recreation soccer program since 2005, when he started coaching his oldest child’s team. Over the past 13 years, Jones has coached his three children through the program, for a total of 17 teams, and counting. Jones has worked hard to develop player skills, and has taken incredible steps to understand the game of soccer beyond a surface knowledge. Jones exhibits all the qualities sought in every volunteer coach: dedication to providing the best player experience possible, player development, and teaching sportsmanship to players and parents alike. Henderson County recognizes that Jones is a busy father, husband, and businessman and appreciates his involvement in the soccer program. 

Jones is the fourth volunteer coach from Henderson County to receive a coach of the year award from NCYSA since 2013. The recreation program is dependent on the involvement of quality volunteer coaches such as Jones to coach the over 500 youth players each season. Registration is currently underway for the spring season. More information about the program is online atwww.HCPRD.com.