Mahopac’s Chris Dietz Named Girls Competitive Coach of the YearNov 25th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) announced that Chris Dietz, who coaches the Mahopac Thunderhawks of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), has been selected as our Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. The Mahopac resident coached the the Thunderhawks to East Hudson’s Girls-Under-13, Division 1 championship in 2013. Chris previously coached the Mahopac Goldenhawks, who received the Jose Vargas Award for exemplary sportsmanship in 2010-11.
“Our daughter Julia, previously an in-house player, began playing with Chris in the 2010-11 season,” Thunderhawks team parents Brian and Nora Meade wrote in nominating Chris. “Chris worked with Julia to make sure that she quickly developed the skills needed to be successful, as well as making sure that she was quickly integrated into the team. The transition from in-house to travel can be extremely intimidating, especially for an 11-year-old. Thanks to Chris, our daughter had an amazingly positive experience and has become not only a better player, but a better person.”
Chris’ wife, Erin, states that “He gives each team member individual instruction based on their strengths and weaknesses and ample playing time regardless of their abilities. Chris never raises his voice. He plays with the girls and makes practice so much fun that they want to go back.”
Besides his involvement as coach, Chris and his family are actively involved in fundraising for cystic fibrosis since a team member has the disease. Each year, the team participates in Freezin’ for a Reason by jumping into Lake Mahopac to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Randy Vogt, of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, concluded, “At this Thanksgiving time, we in Eastern New York are particularly thankful for a role model like Chris Dietz.”