A Mount Airy referee has received an award from the North Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Mount Airy soccer coach Will Hurley, an Elkin resident, nominated Peter Raymer for official of the year, and the NCSCA named Raymer as its top official for the 2016-17 school year.
Raymer, who is the athletics supervisor for Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, referees after work as a member of the Blue Ridge Soccer Officials Association.
“Coach Hurley called me and told me about it,” said Raymer. “I really couldn’t believe it.”
“Being nominated and winning this award is quite an honor,” he said. “I think there are many officials out there who are better than I am, but I try to learn from them and become a better official each game.
“I genuinely enjoy officiating and working with the coaches, players and other officials in an effort to give each team the best game we can.”
When he was at West Iredell High School, Raymer said he was a member of the soccer and wrestling teams.
Being a referee “is a great part-time job to stay in the game, meet new people and hopefully make a positive influence in the players’ lives,” he said.
Officiating soccer was his first part-time job at 17 years old, he said.
“If anyone is interested in officiating at Reeves Community Center,” he added, “we are currently recruiting for all sports.”
The Granite Bears soccer team reached the Western Regional final in the 2015-16 school year. After the season, Hurley nominated Donald Price as athletic director/administrator of the year, and Price learned of the award just two weeks before he succumbed to pancreatic cancer in June 2016.
Not only did Price receive his award, but assistant coach Holden Hurley was named the state 1A assistant coach of the year award. Will Hurley was named Region 9 coach of the year for 1A.
The NCSCA was created in the 1970s to promote high school soccer in this state. One of its “founding fathers” is N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame and NSCAA Hall of Fame member Bill Holleman.
The association’s current membership includes more than 200 coaches, with a goal of one day having every soccer coach in the state as a member.
“We currently have 58 volunteers that serve as regional chairmen and/or officers for the NCSCA,” the group states on its website. “The NCSCA also looks to improve prep soccer by serving as a voice for our members to the NCHSAA (N.C. High School Athletic Association).”
Reach Jeff Linville at 336-415-4692.