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USL Coaches Honored by PCA

February 22, 2012    12985 Views

Stanford, CA., Feb. 22, 2012 – Three US Lacrosse members were recently named among the 20 national winners of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s (PCA) Double-Goal Coach Awards. The winners were Raymond Botto, a youth coach with the Clear Lake Lacrosse Association in Friendswood, Texas; Kate Thomas, girls’ coach at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia; and Angie Kensinger, girls’ coach at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas.

Each year, the PCA, a national non-profit committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience, recognizes 20 youth or high school coaches nationwide, in all sports, for this award. The Double-Goal Coach Award honors recipients for pursuing the goal of winning, and more importantly, the goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The winners receive a trophy, $250, and recognition in PCA's media campaigns, website and e-mail newsletters.

"All the finalists are to be congratulated for their outstanding service to youth and their communities," said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. "The nomination and testimonial letters submitted on behalf of the finalists (were) incredibly moving and show the power of a Double-Goal Coach to have a positive impact on young lives."

About Positive Coaching Alliance
Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 475,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth.
Click here to see the full list of 2012 Double-Goal Coach Award winners

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit

"We’re proud to be a national partner with the PCA and share equally in the commitment to excellence in lacrosse at all levels," said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. "We whole-heartedly congratulate the winners and the other finalists who represent US Lacrosse and who labor tirelessly on and off the field to make a significant difference in the lives of their players."

All eight of the lacrosse coaches among the 50 finalists named for the 2012 Double-Goal Coach Awards, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, are US Lacrosse members. In addition to the three winners, the other US Lacrosse member coaches named as finalists were:

John Cook, Los Angeles Lacrosse League, Los Angeles, CA
Christopher Desmond, Lower Bucks Lacrosse Panthers, Yardley, PA
Alan Geissel, Pequannock Lacrosse, Pompton Plains, NJ
Charles Meister, Los Angeles Lacrosse League, Pacific Palisades, CA
Dan Schmidt, Steamers Lacrosse Academy & Skyline High School Lacrosse, Salt Lake City, UT

Botto, Meister and Schmidt are also US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program Level 1 Certified coaches.

One of the components of the certification offered through the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program is completion of the PCA’s Double-Goal Coach workshop. For more information about USL coaching certification, please visit

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