FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/21: Largest Sport Safety Initiative, Servette Highlights, and 20 Team Snacks
Talk

FUEL Soccer Talk for 12/19: 2018 National Players of the Year, Tomoya Ugajin’s Game Winning Volley, Ciara Crinion Heads to Seton Hall

We are moving right along through the week, it’s Wednesday and we hope you enjoy the stories we have put together for you.

1. 2018 National Players of the Year announced (Soccer Wire)

The United Soccer Coaches have officially made public the names of the national players of the year. The national players of the year are divided into college and high school student athletes.

It’s no easy task to make the cut and there are no set parameters to guarantee selection making it even more difficult to know until the official list is out.

There are two awards:
-The United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year
-National Scholar Player of the Year awards

The awards are set to achieve one thing:

“[to] recognize outstanding individuals from the association’s All-America and Scholar All-America teams at the youth through college ranks.”

It’s great to have the future talent in the country recognized and it also presents them an avenue to gain exposure and pursue opportunities. The awards ceremony will be held in mid January at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

What would you do if you were recognized as a National Player of the year?

2. Tomoya Ugajin Game Winning Volley in Emperor Cup Final (Sporxtv)

Tomoya Ugajin rifles a kick which ended up being the game-winning volley in the Emperor’s Cup Final

3. Seton Hall’s New Women’s Soccer Head Coach: Ciara Crinion (Soccer Wire)

Ciara Crinion was previously an assistant and associate head coach at Hartford for 7 years making her very qualified for her new position.

When asked Vice President & Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons is confident in the selection and when asked stated:

“During the interview process, Ciara demonstrated great passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes and getting them to reach their maximum potential.”

While Coach Crinion was not the head coach, her impact on Hartford was significant and she made great contributions to achievements such as having a 77-36-20 record, and having an Academic All-America selection in four of the last seven years at Hartford.

Coach Crinion is grateful for the opportunity is very eager. When asked about how she felt she replied:

“I am extremely excited to be a Pirate and ready to get to work.”

We wish Crinion luck in her new venture.

If you were to be selected as a head coach what would your first order of business be?