Dayak Gains National Youth Soccer Coaching Award

 by Bob Brownne Tracy Press
Dec 26,  2013
Troy Dayak leads his Kryptonite girls soccer team  during a practice in 2011.
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Local soccer coach Troy Dayak wants young people to enjoy the game as much as  he does. His passion for soccer has enabled him to build West Coast Soccer of  Livermore from eight teams in 2011 to 18 youth club teams, plus a women’s  Premiere League team.
This year, the National Soccer Coaches Association  of America took notice of Dayak’s accomplishments and named him National Coach  of the Year for youth girls. Dayak, 42 and a Tracy resident since 1990,  said it’s an affirmation of the work he has put into developing girls and boys  teams during the past three years at West Coast Soccer. They include a  Kryptonite team that won the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup in its first year,  2011, as an under-15 team and returned to the title game for two more years,  finishing in second place. “Putting those teams together and organizing  the club to support that ladder has been an incredible building process, and a  lot more work than meets the eye,” Dayak said. “You don’t do it for  recognitions, but when people recognize that you’re working that hard and doing  good things for the sport … it’s really nice to have an organization like this  recognize that.”
Dayak noted that 10 girls from the Kryptonite team — including his daughter, Adaurie, a 2013 Kimball High graduate and a freshman at  Sacramento State — are now playing women’s soccer at the college  level. Four of the West Coast Soccer girls teams that Dayak coaches — the  U17 Kryptonite, U15 Wild, U15 Wonder and U14 Wildfire — won Nor Cal Premier State Cup championships this year. As he sees it, his club and the clubs his  players compete against are part of a growing trend in soccer. While many  players join their high school teams, Dayak said that college coaches have a  better chance to observe players at U.S. Club Soccer or Nor Cal Premiere  tournaments. To be competitive, clubs like West Coast Soccer build teams  with the most skilled players they can find. “Really, these coaches, the  college (identification) scouts, are looking at players competing with the best  players,” he said. In the past year, Dayak has joined up with Mountain  House Soccer Club to establish a local recreational program, and he’s getting  ready to lead the group’s spring recreational league. Dayak’s experience  includes a role in the 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s soccer team. He also overcame  injuries to lead the San Jose Earthquake to Major League Soccer titles in 2001  and 2003. Today, in addition to running West Coast Soccer, he is a regional  director for the Earthquakes Youth Academy. Louis Waxler, national  chairman of the NSCAA Youth Coach of the Year award, said Dayak was chosen from  more than 40 candidates around the U.S., in large part on the recommendations of  West Coast Soccer players and parents.
“He exemplifies what the NSCAA  embodies, given his experience as a player and his creation of the club and  giving back to the kids, both boys and girls,” Waxler said. “It’s not so  much about wins and losses as development of player .”
Dayak will be  presented with the award Jan. 17 during the NSCAA’s national convention from  Jan. 15 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Most  of the convention is dedicated to seminars on coaching skills and philosophies.  Dayak said it will be his 16th year attending the event, sometimes to teach  seminars and sometimes to learn from other coaches.
“I never miss it.  It’s a great event,” he said.
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