A Camas soccer coach has been named the 2018 “TOPSoccer Coach of the Year” by the nonprofit U.S. Youth Soccer organization.
The national award is given to a volunteer who, according to the Youth Soccer group, “demonstrates patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations.”
Rocky Fresh ticked all of those boxes last year. A soccer coach for 35 years — mostly at large high schools in his home state of Ohio — Fresh says he discovered the “magic of the soccer ball” during childhood and never looked back.
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Fresh’s career may span more than three decades, but it was his most recent work, coaching East Clark County children with special needs, that garnered recognition from TOPSoccer, a national, community-based training and team placement program that helps differently-abled children learn how to play soccer.
“We see magic happen every day,” Fresh said about the program. “We don’t approach these kids any differently than anyone else. I just try to give them what they need to enjoy and get the most out of the game.”