What is the Champion Coach Recognition Program?

Outside of parents, coaches are the most influential person in an athlete’s life. The dedication and commitment to their athletes is immeasurable, and the life lessons taught by coaches through sport transcend the athletic experience and help shape a young person’s life.

The SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Program is an award program to recognize coaches who are putting positive coaching values into action within their teams and their communities.

Award Winners

Coach Jose Burgos with his Sports Engine TrueSport champion coach award

2019 – Jose Miguel Burgos

Jose Burgos, head soccer coach at Catalyst Maria High School in Chicago, Illinois was named the inaugural Champion Coach winner.

Burgos joined Catalyst Maria as Head Soccer Coach and Spanish teacher in 2018. He was recognized for creating a strong supportive team community within the school and within the community-at-large to provide physical and psychological safety for his athletes. Born in Chile, Burgos emphasizes the idea of soccer as “family” and “community” rather than just a game. He organized the first-ever Catalyst Futsal Cup for 6-8 graders to begin broadening the impact and opportunities that soccer can provide for the youth in the community. Additionally, earlier this fall, Burgos initiated a GoFundMe page to begin raising funds for the under-resourced school and soccer program.

Read more about Jose’s award here.

2019 Runner-Up: Fallon Buckner (Basketball)

Coach Fallon Buckner with youth basketball team

2019 Runner-Up: Kie McCrae (NetBall)

Coach Kie McCrae with youth netball team

Nomination Process

SportsEngine and TrueSport will solicit nominations for youth sports coaches who embody the values promoted by TrueSport – Sportsmanship, Character Building & Life Skills, and Clean & Healthy Performance.

The nomination period for the 2020 Champion Coach Recognition Program has not yet opened. Please check back here for updated details, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and articles.