Dave Nesbitt, a fixture as a youth soccer coach in Howard County, was named Girls Youth Coach of the Year at this weekend's National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Cincinnati.
Nesbitt, 56, of Columbia, is in his third year as coach of the Columbia Phoenix girls team that captured the Maryland Cup under-17 title in 1996 and was Maryland U-18 champ and Region I runner-up in 1997.
He also coaches Wilde Lake High's boys team, which won a state title last fall and in 1991.
"I was shocked, very surprised," Nesbitt said. "My philosophy has been simply to go out and coach. When your peers honor you, you know you must be doing something right. I feel I have 17 daughters who play for me. We have some very talented people who are also some very nice, sensitive people, and that's what makes coaching them so enjoyable."
Nesbitt, who led the Baltimore Spirit youth team to the 1994 McGuire Cup under-19 U.S. Youth Soccer boys championship, was the 1996 Maryland State Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year, the 1995 Maryland Soccer Coaches Association Small High School Coach of the Year and the 1991 Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year with Wilde Lake.
Named Columbia's best coach in 1992 and '93, Nesbitt has a 275-99-28 record as a youth coach and a 275-99-29 overall mark, including high school.
"I feel he deserved it. He's a great coach," said Phoenix striker Amanda Berman of Columbia. "He understands all his players. He gets to know us. He finds the way each player likes to learn things."
Phoenix midfielder Sammy Meyers, a senior at Frederick's Thomas Johnson High, was named Maryland Girls Player of the Year and a first-team high school All-American.
Jonathan T. Cole, a junior at McDonogh High, was selected Maryland Boys Player of the Year and a first-team high school All-American. Cynthia P. Odell of River Hill High was named National and South Region Girls Division II Coach of the Year.
Other NSCAA award winners
Junior College Men's Division I East Region Coach of the Year: Tom Wall, Essex Community College.
Junior College Men's Division III National and East Region Coach of the Year: Tom Bichy, Montgomery College.
First-Team Women's All-American: Midfielder Laurie Schwoy (North Carolina) of Baltimore.
First-Team Men's Junior College All-American: forward Guiliano Celenza, Essex Community College
Second-Team Men's Junior College Division I All-American: Forward Jason Lockerman, Essex.
South Region Women's All-Americans (second team): Forward Virginia Dye (Davidson) of Columbia; forward Elizabeth Adams (Ferrum) of Mechanicsville; midfielder Natalie Serianni (Greensboro) of Columbia.
Pub Date: 1/18/98