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Fired Up for Positive Coaching: PCA-Chicago & Chicago Fire Celebrate Double-Goal Coach® Award Winners


Seven Chicagoland youth sports and high school coaches were recognized for making a positive impact on local youth by teaching life lessons through sports.

CHICAGO (JULY 10, 2019) -
On Wednesday, July 3 at the Chicago Fire’s home game vs. Atlanta United, the Chicago Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA-Chicago), a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the culture of youth and high school sports so that all athletes have a positive, character-building experience, recognized youth sport and high school coaches who 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®:

• 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.

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

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Chicago Fire President and General Manager Nelson Rodríguez welcomed families and guests to SeatGeek Stadium and congratulated the following coaches as 2019 Double-Goal Coach Award winners:


Not in attendance were Debbie Coffman of Central Catholic High School (Basketball), Karen Judge of Glenbard West High School (Women's Field Hockey) and Dule Radovanovic of Team Evanston / Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore (Soccer). Coach Coffman, Judge, Ivery and Ware also earned recognition as National Double-Goal Coach Award winners.

“The importance of positive coaching in young people’s lives cannot be understated,” said Rodríguez, who joined PCA- Chicago’s Board of Directors earlier this year. “Youth coaches are well positioned to develop not only better athletes, but more importantly better people. I am proud that we are able to recognize these special individuals and to continue supporting the Positive Coaching movement.” 

“We are grateful to Nelson, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, PCA-Chicago’s Board of Directors and First Midwest Bank for supporting tonight’s Double-Goal Coach Celebration,” said Rob Dauphinais, Executive Director for PCA-Chicago. “This was a special opportunity to recognize a caring group of individuals who are not only winning on the scoreboard but more importantly are a positive influence in the lives of the young athletes they coach.”


PCA-Chicago is one of 18 chapters that comprise Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit organization, with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.

PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • Youth experience improved life skills and character development.  They also perform better!

  • Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.

  • Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

Since its founding in 1998, PCA nationally has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching 19.2 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on

To learn more about PCA and the Chicago chapter, contact:

Rob Dauphinais
Executive Director, Chicago Chapter
833-722-4244 x3


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