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Soccer coach honored

Chagrin Falls High School Girls Soccer Coach Pamela Malone is the United Soccer Coaches National Coach of the Year. The award will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet Jan. 21 in the Imperial Ballroom of Marriott Downtown Hotel, Kansas City, Mo. in conjunction with the 82nd annual United Soccer Coaches Convention.

The girls soccer team finished with a record of 18-3-2 with one of the hardest schedules in the state. They won the Chagrin Valley Conference, district championship,regional championship, and state championship. It was the second time the team has won the state championship (1996 was the other). The state championship vs. Wyoming came down to penalty kicks and Chagrin was victorious. It was a very exciting match. Sarah Burgess and Peyton Gellin were named all Ohio, and Peyton was then named All American. They had multiple girls make academic all CVC and academic All Ohio and the team finished with over a 3.9 GPA. The team was also coached by Joe Ciuni and assisted by Dale Sheptak, Dan Passalacqua, and Kelly DiFranco.

Pamela Malone was named CVC Coach of the Year, along with Joe Ciuni, and she was named Greater Cleveland, State of Ohio, Regional, and now National Coach of the Year. She finished her career at Chagrin Falls with a record of 398-141-59 and two State Championships. She is the winningest high school female soccer coach in the history of the State of Ohio.

“Pamela has been such an asset to our athletic department. She is obviously a terrific coach but she is a great mentor to other coaches, and builds great relationships with her players. The coaches and officials in the area respect her and always know her teams will be prepared for every contest. She is very deserving of all the accolades she has received and I am glad she is being recognized,” said Athletic Director Charlie Barch.

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