Luckenbill, Wambach lead postseason award winnersPosted: Tuesday August 20, 2002 2:51 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 20, 2002 4:47 PM
ATLANTA (CNNSI.com) -- The Women's United Soccer Association on Tuesday announced the recipients of six postseason awards: the Coach of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Goal of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Referee of the Year.
More awards will be handed out over the next two days, with the Founders Cup II concluding the season on Saturday at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta (PAX; 4 p.m. ET). The championship game pits the Carolina Courage against the Washington Freedom.
With the exception of the Goal of the Year, Executive of the Year and Team Fair Play award, the voting was conducted in the following three blocks: a media panel, WUSA players and WUSA coaches and general managers.
Coach of the Year: Mark Krikorian, Philadelphia Charge
"This is a tremendous honor for me," said Krikorian. "I have to thank my players, who are a joy to coach, and assistant coaches, who also deserve a great deal of credit.
"Marcia and Jim are fabulous coaches. Each of them could have won this award as well. Marcia led Carolina from worst to first and Jim's club is in the Founders Cup."
Most reporters had pegged Philadelphia as a middle-of-the-pack team heading into the 2002 season. In his second season as head coach, Krikorian overcame the loss of his best player (Kelly Smith) and relied on a French newcomer (Marinette Pichon) to lead the club to an 11-4-6 record (39 pts.).
Goalkeeper of the Year: Kristin Luckenbill, Carolina Courage
Coming off a 2001 season in which the Courage finished with a 6-12-3 mark (21 pts.), Luckenbill led Carolina from worst to first. The co-Player of the Month for April became the first 'keeper in WUSA history to record more than 100 saves in a single season. Her 12 victories in 2002 set a new league record for wins in a season. The former Dartmouth star was the only Courage player to play every minute (1,890) during the regular season.
Rookie of the Year: Abby Wambach, Washington Freedom
Goal of the Year: Katia, San Jose CyberRays
Humanitarian of the Year: Sissi, San Jose CyberRays
Referee of the Year: Kari Seitz
WUSA AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE
Tue. Aug. 20 -- Coach of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year Referee of the Year, Goal of the Year
Wed., Aug. 21 -- Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, All-WUSA First and Second team Team Community Service award, Team Fair Play award, Executive of the Year
Thur., Aug. 22 -- Most Valuable Player