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Scouras up for national award
Friday, June 13, 2014
By CHRIS PRIDE - Bulletin Sports Writer
Regardless of the outcome of Martinsville’s trip to the state soccer finals, nothing can take away from the recognition coach Pete Scouras has received from his peers.
Head coach of the Martinsville boys soccer team since 1988, Scouras was nominated by the state’s coaches last summer as Virginia’s nominee for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) national Coach of the Year Award.
He was selected as one of eight finalist out of the 50 state nominees. The winner will be chosen by a national committee June 18 at the national convention in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation and has honored coaches since 1978. Soccer is one of 19 sports from which it will award coaching honors. Winners are based on a sport-specific point system.
“I filled out the paperwork, and unexpectedly (I) got a return call back,” Scouras said. “Of all the coaches out there, I didn’t think it would happen, and so I’m definitely humbled by it.”
Coaches are evaluated based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championships and winning percentage.
Scouras has more than 25 years of coaching experience, with a 371-117-8 record. He has coached in 506 straight games. It’s that number that number that makes him most proud, he said.
He has won seven regional titles, 21 Piedmont District regular-season championships and 22 PD tournament titles. He will make his third trip to the state semifinals this weekend. He reached his only state title game in 1994.
Scouras said his relationship to players has meant the most to him, however.
“I’ve helped a few become better soccer players, but I feel like I’ve helped more become better people and better young men,” he said. “In high school sports you deal with these guys for four years, and to think I’ve helped them or impacted their lives in some way is very gratifying.”