CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance has announced its 2019 Double-Goal Coach® presented by TeamSnap Chapter and National Winners. The award, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports, honors coaches who never lose sight of the unique opportunity to use sports to teach things like hard work, growth mindset, teamwork, resilience, and leadership.
“The role of a coach goes far beyond teaching skills and drills. The best coaches are educators, role models, and mentors,” said PCA-Cleveland Board Chair Neil Weiss, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Cleveland Indians. "Simply being nominated for the Double-Goal Coach Award is an incredible honor, and we are extremely pleased to recognize four outstanding individuals as our PCA-Cleveland winners.”
In 2019, PCA-Cleveland has selected four local Chapter winners. They are among the 150 coaches who were named national finalists. The Chapter winners who will be celebrated throughout the year are:
1. Adam Beasley – Lacrosse Coach at Resolute Lacrosse Club/Hilliard Davidson High School
2. Bryeon Burnam – Football coach at Forest Hills Athletic Club
3. Anthony Mendoza – Baseball coach at Force Sports
4. Dennis Vogel – Football coach at St. Jude School
Upon completion of the extensive evaluation process, Bryeon Burnam of Forest Hills Athletic Club has been named the National Double-Goal Coach® Award winner representing PCA-Cleveland. As a National Award winner, Bryeon will receive $200, a certificate, and recognition on PCA’s website, social media, newsletters, and media campaigns. Bryeon has also received the opportunity to accept the honor in California during PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards and Benefit sponsored by Deloitte to be held at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.
“Bryeon has been absolutely amazing to his kids. My son was new to football last year and has some developmental issues. That did not keep him from coaching him and asking for the best he can give,” said Melissa Royse, the parent who nominated Coach Burnam. “He encouraged him to play through his fears. He stressed to the boys that they are a team, a family. They win and lose together. He stressed having short memories for mistakes, and to give their all even if they were losing.”
Congratulations to all of our winners and to the many other coaches who utilize their position to teach character and life lessons. Done right, sports teach!
About Positive Coaching Alliance-Cleveland: PCA-Cleveland is the local chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that is growing a movement to make youth sports a Development Zone® where all youth and high school athletes have a positive, character-building experience that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. For more information on PCA-Cleveland, visit Cleveland.PositiveCoach.org.