Space Coast United's Goff wins national award


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Allie Goff was a standout soccer player for Eau Gallie High and UCF.

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Allie Goff was “honored and shocked” to find out she had been named the 2017 U.S. Youth National Recreation Coach of the Year.

The Space Coast United Soccer Club coach is the first in SCU history to win the national award.

Goff will receive her award at the 2018 U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Jan. 20 in Philadelphia.

“I am delighted with Coach Goff’s win and applaud U.S. Youth Soccer’s choice,” Space Coast United Soccer Club president Ann Fuller said in a press release.

“I am not at all surprised SCU coaches have won the FYSA Girls Recreation Coach of the Year award three years in a row, went on to win the Region award twice, and now the National award. I witness our coaches’ dedication to young female athletes on a regular basis. The national recognition is well-deserved.”

The 34-year-old Goff graduated from Eau Gallie High in 2001 and played for UCF from 2001 to 2004 before coming to coach at Space Coast United.

Even during her playing days, Goff said she knew she wanted to coach.

“I coached in all of the UCF summer camps while I played at UCF and that is where I really saw the impact I could have and knew I wanted to continue doing it,” she wrote in an email.

Recreational coaches such as Goff work with girls just starting out in the game, giving them a solid foundation whether they continue playing recreational soccer or decide to develop into competitive players.

Goff clearly enjoys her job.

“I love the impact that I can make in the girls,” she wrote. “Watching their growth and confidence build is my motivator. Soccer has always played a huge role in my life from building my self-confidence, developing work ethic to drive results, and just overall organization within my life.

“So once I was done playing in college, I just really wanted to get involved with our youth in hopes to help young females have what I felt was one of the greatest experiences in my life.”

SCU parent Leah Riggenbach praised Goff in the press release:

“Throughout the season Allie demonstrated how much she cared for these girls both on and off the field, teaching them about determination, strength, and confidence.

“I honestly believe my daughter will be a better soccer player and a more confident young woman because of the time that she spent with Coach Allie.”