The Toledo Celtics Director of Coaching Kirk Brazeau has been honored as the 2017 NSCAA National Boys Coach of the Year!
In addition to this fantastic achievement, Kirk also was also one of 4 finalists for the USYS Boys National Coach of the Year, and was awarded the 2016 USYS Region II Boys Coach of the Year, 2017 NSCAA East Region Boys Coach of the Year and the 2016 Ohio North Boys Competitive Coach of the Year!
Kirk also recently received a personal commendation from Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and the Toledo City Council for his work and achievements this past year with his Toledo Celtics teams!
Kirk has been a part of the Toledo soccer community for the past 26 years as a player and as a coach, and is truly the definition of a resilient Toledo resident who fully believes in the tag “You Will do Better in Toledo”. He takes great pride in the city of Toledo, and has worked tirelessly to give his time to enhancing the game of soccer for the youth in the greater Toledo area. He fully believes in promoting the positive aspects of what the city of Toledo has to offer, and has endless belief in the abilities that our Toledo area youth possess. Kirk has done an exceptional job since his return from the collegiate coaching ranks to Toledo Celtics 5 years ago, and while the resurgence in not only the club growth perspective and professionalism has been fantastic, this year was a great tribute to the work that Kirk does on the field with our players and his teams as well. To his credit, Kirk earned several highly prestigious awards this year, which include Ohio North Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, USYS Region II Boys Coach of the Year, NSCAA East Region Boys Coach of the Year, and the NSCAA Boys National Coach of the Year. Kirk is the first coach from the Toledo and Northwest Ohio area to be nominated and receive these nationally recognized honors, and only add to his sparkling resume. At only 35 years old, Kirk has already achieved what many coaches hope to accomplish in the game, and is a fantastic ambassador and success story for the Toledo community.
This past season, 3 of Kirk’s teams reached the Ohio North State Semi-Finals (2000, 1999 and 1997), while 2 of them claimed OYSAN State Championships. The 1999 team claimed their 2nd State Championship in the past 4 years, while the 2000 team claimed their first title as a team. From there, the teams qualified for the Region II championships, with our 2000 Black team winning their group and reaching the Region II Championship game and qualifying for the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. The team showed very well at the National Championships, coming within inches of advancing to the National Semifinals on the last match day, finishing tied for 5th in the competition, while having a player tie for the goal scoring lead, as well as placing a player on the USYS National Championships Best 11 team. This accomplishment was not only a first for a Toledo Celtics team to qualify for the USYS National Championships, but also a first for any youth club from the Toledo and Northwest Ohio Area. The 2000 team has also climbed as high as a #4 ranking in the country per topdrawersoccer.com, which is also a first for Toledo Celtics, and the highest ranking that a team from Northwest Ohio has ever received.
Here are the links to several of the articles about Kirk and his accomplishments this year: