MC's Reyes wins state coaching honor

By Steve Sell
January 07, 2015

McPherson College assistant men’s soccer coach Jose Reyes has been named the Kansas Youth Soccer Boys Coach of the Year for 2014.

"I am very honored just for being nominated for this award, let alone winning it," Reyes said. "My goal when coaching kids is to develop skillful players in a fun and competitive environment while encouraging individual creativity. I want players to problem solve, improvise, and make decisions on their own during practices and games. I also want players to play completely free with no fear of failure. My goal for young players is to teach them the necessary tools so they can develop to their full potential as a soccer player."

Nominations are sent to the Youth Soccer Association of Kansas. They are reviewed by the committee and the winner is selected based on letters of recommendation and other information submitted.

"What a tremendous honor for him to win an award of this magnitude," McPherson College Director of Athletics and head men's soccer coach Doug Quint said. "He does a lot for the youth in McPherson and for the game in general. I am very happy for him. The award couldn't have gone to a finer person.”

Reyes is now eligible for the Regional Youth Soccer Boys Coach of the Year award. The winner of that will advance to the National Committee of the US Youth Soccer Association for consideration.

Reyes is a 2009 graduate of McPherson College. He has been involved with the men's soccer program since the fall of 2005. He went from player to coach in the fall of 2009 and recently helped the Bulldogs to a 2014 KCAC regular-season title and Postseason Tournament championship.