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How do you top the year of your dreams?
You don't. But, if you're Jedd Zaring, you start out the next year on a pretty good note.
That's exactly what the Jefferson Forest boys soccer leader did when he was named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Zaring was presented with the award last week at the association's annual get-together in Kansas City.
By any way of measurement, the accolade was well deserved.
There are only three levels of this award, and one of those is for private or parochial schools.
Coach Zaring won at the Division 2 level. According to the NSCAA, he was chosen because:
"Zaring’s squad captured its first Virginia AA state championship in 2011 with a record of 24-0. It was the team’s sixth appearance in the title game, and they were ranked No. 1 in the final NSCAA spring national ranking.
"Under his direction Jefferson Forest has won 19 consecutive district titles. He now has a career record of 312-49-14."
Last year's accomplishments took place with Zaring's son, Bryan, serving as one of the team's captains. Talk about living the dream!
"The nice thing is, it comes from the coaches," said Zaring, who tried to downplay the award in his usual manner. "I didn't think anyone was paying attention to our little corner of Virginia."
Jefferson Forest Athletic Director Nancy Claudio seemed thrilled by the award. " I am honored to know that someone who has worked so hard to build a strong soccer program here at JF, has been national honored by his peers," stated Claudio. "Jedd has high standards for not only his student athletes, but for himself and his coaching staff."
Indeed, he certainly has.