SA's Mike Woitalla receives United Soccer Coaches' Presidential Recognition Award

Soccer America Executive Editor Mike Woitalla and sportscaster JP Dellacamera received Presidential Recognition Awards from outgoing President Charlie Slagle at the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.


Mike Woitalla (left) and JP Dellacamera (Photo by Diane Scavuzzo)

"These two guys did soccer before it was cool -- and it is definitely cool now," said Slagle at the Awards Banquet in Philadelphia during the Convention of the United Soccer Coaches, which was founded in 1941 and was formerly known as the NSCAA.

The Presidential Recognition Award is presented to someone "demonstrating extraordinary accomplishment and/or acute impact on the game of soccer."

Woitalla has written for Soccer America since 1984 and has served as an editor since 1985. He has also written about American soccer for more than 30 outlets worldwide, including Futbol Mundial (USA), British magazines When Saturday Comes and World Soccer, and Germany's Kicker -- and is the co-author of "More Than Goals" with Claudio Reyna and "The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper" with Tim Mulqueen.

"Mike Woitalla I met in 1992 when my college, Davidson, was hosting the College Cup," said Slagle. "Mike has been covering everything, including writing a lot about youth soccer, and also working with his own youth players."

In his work on Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider, Woitalla has brought unique insights into the issues of youth coaches and referees and those that parents face, both at the recreation and competitive levels. The series of articles in the Youth Soccer Insider on skin cancer risks for referees prompted U.S. Soccer to change its equipment rules related to referees and headwear.

He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife Holly Kernan and coached their daughter, Julia, now a freshman at UC Santa Barbara.

Dellacamera, whose current play-by-play announcing includes Fox Sports' MLS, U.S. women’s national team, Concacaf Champions League and UEFA Europa League games, began his soccer sportscasting in the 1980s.

"I met JP in Trinidad in 1989," said Slagle. "The USA hadn't been to the World Cup in 40 years. I happen to be in the booth with Seamus Malin and JP Dellcamera, and he has continued announcing soccer at many different levels and is a great ambassador of our game."

3 comments about "SA's Mike Woitalla receives United Soccer Coaches' Presidential Recognition Award".
  1. John Soares, January 21, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.

    Very well deserved....in both cases.
    Mike is one of the best writers. JP is still THE best at calling a game without all the useless chater.

  2. Bob Ashpole, January 22, 2018 at 11 a.m.

    Congratulations to both.

  3. Wooden Ships, January 22, 2018 at 12:39 p.m.

    Bravo to both men and their contributions. 

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