Our very own, Mike Barr the Technical Director at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer was awarded the Charlotte Moran Youth Long-Term Service Award. Mike previously served as Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Director of Coaching for 27 years.
The award is named in memory of Charlotte Moran, who served youth soccer for more than 30 years, including as Executive Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association and a member of the United Soccer Coaches Board of Directors.
Mike Barr's statement after receiving the award, "The honor means a great deal to me because of the wonderful woman the award is named for, “Charlotte Moran.” She and Bob Urban of Nether Soccer were instrumental in my career and any success I have received over the years. They pushed me to go beyond my comfort zone and take on various roles within youth soccer. Working hard and bringing soccer to all kids and educating coaches became a major ambition, as I got older. Working with administrators and coaches in Easter Pennsylvania and the East Region provided me with the opportunity to meet my goals. My family was instrumental in whatever success I achieved. They never complained and were supportive through all the times I was away attending coaching courses, teaching and coaching players at every level."
Gary Stephenson who works alongside of Mike Barr at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer as the Director of Soccer Development and Performance sends his warm congratulations to Mike, "It is hard to find a mentor and it's not everyone who has the luxury of working directly with their mentor. I am one of the lucky ones that day to day, I get to glean information and experiences from mine! Mike Barr's effect on soccer is ever reaching and his interaction with players and staff now are still a joy to be seen. The bitter sweet here is Charlotte, who Mike holds in such high regards, isn't here to share this moment with him! Thanks Coach Barr - see you on a field soon!"
Our CEO, Chris Branscome, "Mike is more than deserving of this honor. He belongs on this list of legends that have previously received this award, appropriately named for our friend, Charlotte Moran."
2020 long-term service award winners