Lori Guyer is a local soccer coach who makes life lessons a part of the experience whenever possible.

“I love coaching the game of soccer, but I also know I have an opportunity to teach these girls about life, and what really matters,” said Guyer, who was recently honored by a group called Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

This past season, her Centennial Cougar junior varsity team had a project they called "Attitude of Gratitude.”

“Each week, we chose a different group of people to thank and show appreciation towards,” Guyer explained. “Some examples were family members, parents, teachers, custodians, cooks, and so on.”

Guyer was one of 50 coaches, from thousands across the nation, receiving the Double-Gold Coaching Award from PCA, whose mission statement is “to transform youth sports culture so that all youth and high school athletes have a positive, character-building experience.”

“My goal each year is to get to know my players as people,” Guyer said. “I want to know what they love besides the game, and to build relationships with them. My players know that I have a passion for the game of soccer, but more importantly, that I love them for who they are.”

Guyer, a substitute teacher in the Centennial district, has been coaching players four to 18 years old for 20 years. She’s been Cougar MV coach for 14 years, while also coaching with Centennial Soccer Club and North Suburban Soccer Association.

“My goal each year is to get to know my players as people,” Guyer said. “I want to know what they love besides the game and to build relationships with them. My players know that I have a passion for the game of soccer, but more importantly I love them for who they are.”

Guyer grew up in the same program. She played with the Centennial Soccer Club, Centennial High School for four seasons, and Bethel University four years. She also played basketball for the Cougars.

She has four kids who played youth soccer. Her daughter Jenna played for the Cougar basketball team that placed third the state this year.

The 50 national award recipients are invited to PCA’s recognition ceremony in April 28 at Stanford University in California.

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