Lou Fusz Athletic is proud to recognize our athletes and coaches as Player Of The Month or Coach Of The Month. These athletes/coaches demonstrate our Fusz Philosophy on and off the field. We look forward to watching our athletes and teams grow into well rounded soccer players and want to highlight them when they’ve received an award/honor or have simply done something great. If you would like to nominate a player or coach, please fill out the form below:
Player/Coach of the Month Form
This month’s POTM is Ally Moore, Tottleben 05, #1, goalie. Ally is a talented goalie and an outstanding teammate. Ally’s teammates consider her to be a great leader on and off the field. She is constantly encouraging her teammates to do their best while hyping them up for games. Ally is always giving her all and it shows on the field. Congratulations Ally!
Your Coach of the Month is Jim Wipke! The success of the Wipke 04B & 05B teams in fall 2018 is a testament to Jim’s ability to coach, mentor, develop, and lead a team of youth boys. Jim openly promotes team unity both on and off the field, and has a zero tolerance policy for any negativity from the players toward each other. He has developed a welcoming environment where all the boys truly like each other, support each other, and do everything they can to help each other be successful. Congratulations Coach Wipke!
This month’s POTM is Natasha Winkler, Lou Fusz Phillips Premier, #20, defense. Tasha brings a calmness and positive attitude on and off the field. She is a true role model when it comes to our Fusz Philosophy. It doesn’t matter to her if you are on her sidelines or her opponent, she embodies everyone to have fun and work hard in this competitive environment for young athletes.
Coach Klinge has been a grassroots coach at Lou Fusz SC for 8 years. He is currently coaching a U11 boys and a U17 girls team and ensuring that all players feel like a part of his family. His mentality is very fun and upbeat when it comes to practices, but wants to fight hard during games to allow the team to develop and get better. This fall Coach Greg Klinge is paying it forward by spending over 140 hours obtaining the US Soccer C Coaching License. His determination as a coach is beyond outstanding and it shows tremendously.
September’s #POTM goes to Cristian Ibarra-Castro, #10. Our defense, midfield, and forward for Blue Star Carotenuto 08. Christian has a great attitude and work ethic when he steps on the field. He is a versatile player that excels at each position on the field. It is very important for our young player’s development to see the game from all positions. Christian embodies this philosophy and is always willing to help his team wherever he can. He’s also determined in conquering that bicycle kick.
Coach John Vasiloff is our September #COTM. Vasiloff has been coaching his girl’s team since the beginning as an independent team to now as a premier Lou Fusz team. He dedicates all his extra time to inspire his players to grow and succeed into the competitive athletes he knows they are. This is all done for the love of the game.
After being diagnosed with a side lining injury that has kept her off the field since December, Lily has had to redefine, actually, create a new role for herself off the field. She is an incredibly hard worker on the field and has now taken that same tenacity and focus into being a leader off the field. She has been giving pregame pep talks with handpicked quotes that focus on hard work, true team effort, and encouraging her teammates to strive for excellence. Most important, she continues to keep an incredibly positive attitude even through this long, hard process toward recovery. No question she exemplifies the #ReFuszToLose mentality.
Coach Franco is our August #COTM. Franco is the Goalkeeping & Tournament Director for Lou Fusz Soccer and is the coach to teams Carotenuto Red 02, White 02, Blue 02, and Blue Star Carotenuto 08. Even with his strenuous schedule, he will always find time to be there for the players in our club. Franco balances coaching and friendship very well with his players, wanting nothing but for his players to succeed and have fun on and off the field. We all thank you for your dedication to LFSC, Franco!
Morgan Tracy, LFSC Nabours 04 Red & Blue, Midfield
Morgan was elected by her teammates as captain on both the blue and red teams. She works hard at practice and games. She continually strives to do her best and encourages her teammates to do the same. She maintains a positive attitude and keeps the girls progressing forward. She has been playing for LFSC for 8 years, winning the Spring 18 Puma Champions Cups & the Fall 17 Germantown Invitational Tournament (GIT).
Mark has two LFSC 04 Girls teams (Red & Blue). His hard work and dedication have paid off and the girls enjoy playing for him. He strives to make each player their best and in doing so, the teams have strengthened. He is organized, talented, respectful and always makes sure the girls have a good time.
Delaney Wulkoopf, LFSC Zakaria/McDonald 07, Left Midfield
Delaney Wulkopf, number #27, has been with Fusz for two years now receiving the 2017 USYF Futsal National Team Division Champs, 2017 Finalist Emerald Cup and Grand Park Cup, and 1st place Futsal Tournament. Any chance Delaney gets to play, whether subbing for another team, extra practices, helping coach younger kids teams or just playing in the backyard, she always has a soccer ball nearby. Delaney loves to encourage and lead by example with her hard work and never quit attitude! She is respectful of not only her coaches, but also teammates, referees and even opponents.
Tim “TJ” Smith
Coach Tim “TJ” Smith currently coaches four LFSC teams, two 04 Girls teams and two 09 Boys teams. He has two teams playing at Premier level and two at Championship level. Tim has coached youth soccer for over 9 years now, and his players can always depend on him to give them the training and motivation they need to become better soccer players. He is competitive and loves to win, but he also knows how to bond with his players and bring out the best in them.
Teagan Pocius, LFSC Morison Red 07, Goalie
Pocius’ constant hard work, her positive attitude, and leadership skills help bring the team to a remarkable level on and off the field. She is not afraid to take risks and help her teammates by pointing out what’s happening on the field. With her remarkable saves, she continues to grow as a goalie and a player.
Coach Brinnon Morrison has two 07 Girls LFSC teams. He not only teaches his teams how to grow as soccer players, but also teaches them the right attitude to have in order to do so. Morrison is not all about the wins vs. losses, but is more about improving each individual so that they are growing as soccer players and challenging themselves. He provides his teams a safe, fun, competitive, and most importantly, a positive environment.
Isaac Frederick, LFSC-01 Carron, Center-Mid
Issac Frederick has been a member of the Missouri ODP team for 6 years. He was invited to Regional camp in summer ’17. He was selected to both the all conference and all region teams, and voted Team MVP 2 years in a row, at Warrenton High School where he set the school’s single season assist record as a sophomore. In addition to soccer, Frederick runs track and was the conference champion and state qualifier in the 800m run.
Coach Mike McDevitt has 2 LFSC teams. He has great leadership and connection with the players and parents with a strong drive to help the players further develop there skills and become competitive athletes. He is early to practices and ensures that they stay on schedule during skills and conditioning to continue their player development. He doesn’t coach through fear but with care and progress in mind to make our athletes enjoy the game and want to be excellent. He has taken the 04 boys team from a lower division team to a champion division team in just over a years time.
Gianna “Gia” Zerface / LFSC-WalshNoonan United 07 / Midfield
Zerface always gives 110% on the field. She has been playing with the club for 4 years and never stops trying to improve. Her hard work and dedication show on the field and in the classroom. She is a great example of someone who puts into action our club philosophy on and off the field, taking pride in everything she does.
Tristan Stotler / LFSC-Geerling 00 / Forward
Stotler has recorded 19 goals and 12 assists with LFA, was named to US Youth Soccer National League Player Watch list in 2016, and was the scoring leader in US Youth Soccer Region II Championships 2015. Stotler was on the MO State ODP, Region 2 ODP Team, and selected for Midwest ODP Team for the Florida Interregional tournament twice.
Nolan Cosgrove / LFSC-Stull 00 / Goalie
Cosgrove was chosen to be one of two goalies for the MO ODP team, and then chosen to be 1 of 5 boys representing Missouri at the 2017 Region 2 camp in Saginaw, Michigan. They competed with boys from the 14 states in our region and Cosgrove was 1 of 2 goalies asked to represent the Midwest Region 2 ODP team at the Florida Interregional tournament.