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Steve Herdsman awarded Positive Coaching Alliance with the Dove Men+Care Coaching Award!

By Rebecca Postlewait, 12/07/17, 7:00PM EST


Midwest is very proud of Steve Herdsman. This is a well-deserved award as he's been an integral part of the coaching staff, and leads the charge in many programs the club has to stay involved in the community. He's been a positive role model for players, coaches, and the kids he's involved with in the outreach program. Congratulations Steve!



We know that whether a coach, parent or mentor to a youth athlete, your involvement in a players’ development makes a tremendous impact. That’s why earlier this fall, Dove Men+Care partnered with PCA to celebrate care as a man's real strength with the Caring Coach of the Year Award – an award given to youth and high school sports coaches across the U.S. who embody the drive to win and teach life lessons through sports by showing care. Now that the nominations are in, we’re excited to announce our two winners of the 2017 Caring Coach of the Year Award! 

Congratulations Steve Herdsman and Tony Hall, and thank you both for all that you do and being there to care both on and off the field!

Steve Herdsman


  • Steve is a former MLS player, where he played five seasons as a defender with the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew.
  • He is currently the Head Coach of the men's team at Cornerstone University, where he played his collegiate career and was named WHAC Player of the Year in 2000
  • Mentioned that his high school coach played a pivotal role in his life and gave him the confidence needed to succeed
  • While playing for Columbus, his coach Sigi Schmid, the current coach for the LA Galaxy, taught him the importance of giving back to the game and that soccer has the ability to take you anywhere you want to go – “it is merely a vehicle, you just have to drive it”
  • Steve actively goes around the community to find sponsors for club soccer leagues or players who can’t financially support themselves

Tony Hall


  • Tony has been coaching for 30 years
  • He played in middle and high school as well as Division 3 at Hobart College in Upstate New York
  • While in graduate school, Tony was recruited to be an assistant coach at Loyola; it was here that he really fell in love with the idea of coaching and being there for kids who come from troubled backgrounds like he did
  • Tony prides himself on “making sure each player is prepared with life skills at the end of the day when kids go home and take off their cleats.”
  • Believes in youth creating their own culture and often asks his players what it means to be a purpose-driven athlete
  • His players come up with their own character traits they want to learn and embody throughout the season

It is a great honor to represent Positive Coaching Alliance with the Dove Men+Care Coaching Award.  I appreciate PCA’s commitment to raising awareness of how impactful a coach can be in a child’s life.  No different than my coaches have motivated me on a path with statements that challenge and inspire me, I as well have one I impart on my athletes.  I remind them that, "The world is a BIG place, be BIG in it”.  Regardless of their skill level or life situation, it is important to remember that we all have the potential and ability to be BIG in that which we invest.  

                                                                                             ~ Steve Herdsman