The deadline for the 2018 Double-Goal Coach® Award has recently closed. 
The 2019 Double-Goal Coach® Award nomination period will open on 9/1/2018.


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Double-Goal Coach Award

PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award is given to youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

The 50 national award winners will receive $200; a certificate; recognition on PCA's website, newsletters and media campaigns; and the chance to win an all expense paid trip to California to accept the honor during PCA's National Youth Sports Awards & Benefit Sponsored by Deloitte on April 28 in Palo Alto.

Nominations will open for the 2018 Awards on September 1, 2017 and will close on December 15, 2017. Finalists will be announced in February, 2018. Winners will be announced in March/April, 2018.

Questions? Contact PCA's Jennie Wulbrun. 


Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. A Double-Goal Coach behaves as follows:

• Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.

• Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.

• Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

Selection Process

The Double-Goal Coach Award Selection Committee will select Chapter Winners & National Finalists of the Double-Goal Coach Award. All National Finalists will be announced in February of 2018. National Winners will be announced in March/April of 2018.

Program Rules

Who is Eligible

Any youth sports or high school sports coach in the U.S., who is a current head coach with at least three years’ experience is eligible for PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award. PCA staff and Certified PCA Trainers are not eligible for consideration.

A coach can be named as a National Finalist multiple times. If a coach has been honored as a National Winner, he or she will not be eligible for consideration in future years. Please contact PCA if you are not sure if a person you wish to nominate has been named a National Winner. 

Completing a Nomination
A nomination is complete when the online nomination form is complete and accompanied by at least one completed reference. At least one reference, and not more than 25, must be submitted for a nomination to be considered complete.

Nomination Period
Nominations will open for the 2018 Awards on September 1, 2017 and will close on December 15, 2017.

Learn about Suzie Hoyt, Frankie Jones, Ann Murphy, and Adhir Ravipati, PCA's four National Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap. Watch their inspiring tribute videos below:

Ann Murphy, FC Jaguars and Lutheran High School Soccer, Kansas City, MO

Adhir Ravipati, Menlo-Atherton High School Football, Menlo Park, CA 


Watch inspiring tribute videos of last year's winners below:

Suzie Hoyt, Glastonbury High School Swimming, Glastonbury, CT 

Frankie Jones, Denver Kings Athletic Club and Training (Basketball), Denver, CO


Caring Coach Award

New this year, our partner Dove Men+Care is joining PCA to celebrate care as a man’s real strength. In addition to the Double-Goal Coach Award, Dove Men+Care and the Target US Youth Soccer United Cup will highlight the impact of soccer coaches’ care on their athletes and communities during their national tournament series.

We will recognize the two (2) youth or high school soccer coaches that made their strongest impact on the next generation by showing care and offering guidance and support on and off the field. In addition to also being eligible for the Double-Goal Coach Award, they will receive a world-class soccer experience. 

*All male soccer coaches nominated for the Double-Goal Coach Award will automatically be nominated for the Caring Coach Award. The nomination period for this award closed Nov. 10.