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Paul A. Dovenbarger - 2017 Utah Recreation Coach of The Year

By Billy Shakespeare, 04/17/17, 9:45PM MDT


Congratulations Paul

Paul A. Dovenbarger - 2017 Utah Recreation Coach of The Year

Paul is a dedicated father of five. Professionally, he has been in the appraisal field for the last 14 years. He currently works for Wells Fargo as a Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Reviewer.

Paul did not play soccer as a child, but fell in love with the sport as a teenager while watching a game in Brazil. He started coaching recreation soccer 3 ½ years ago when the yearly plea came for a parent-volunteer coach for his son’s soccer team.

He currently coaches a Forza FC U-7 girls team and U-10 boys team. Paul enjoys seeing the progress of the players. “I love to see that all the hard work, at all different levels, produces quick results. It is absolute joy seeing these kids receive the reward of successfully achieving what they’ve worked on. If we were working on particular ball control or passing skill in a game or drill during practice, and then they carry out all on their own in a game, what a thrill!”

Paul hopes that each player remembers from his coaching that they can be winners on and off the field, and that being a winner has nothing to do with the outcome of a game, win or lose. Paul instituted what he calls the “Mr. Goodbar” program with his players. Each game a player on his team can earn a Mr. Goodbar for being a good sport during the game. Examples include: He’s had players stop to help up other team players when they fall, or congratulate them on a goal, or just talking positively to each other on the field, in an effort to not be upset with each other, but learn to encourage each other and develop positive leadership skills. This program has met with pretty good success in these younger kids. He hopes that every time they see a Mr. Goodbar, they’ll remember to apply this in life.

When asked about other thoughts on coaching, Paul shared a quote he received from a coaching training session he attended a couple of years ago. “Have you been coaching for 20 years, or coaching for 1 year, 20 years in a row?” In other words, as a coach am I getting better each year, or am doing the same thing every year. Paul has taken that to heart and continues to try and learn something new when he can.

Paul is a very dedicated coach. He attends all the coaches training we offer and is really interested in furthering his licenses. His parents and players all love the dedication and passion he has for the kids, for the game, and for continuing to learn about soccer. Every season the requests to be on his teams always extends well beyond the roster size limit.

The Forza Recreation program is so very lucky to have Paul as a parent-volunteer coach and look forward to many more years together. Thanks Paul!