Congratulations to Coach Ryan Ruggerello for being selected PUMA Coach of the Month for February!!!
__The month of February has been very kind to Coach Ryan Ruggerello. Last month, his LNYSA Signature Girls 2008 Wildfire team won the State Cup Mayors Division Championship just like his LNYSA Signature Girls 2005 Dynamite team had done in February two years earlier. The Girls 2005 Dynamite are now a Tier 2 Laguna United team and we expect to see the Girls 2008 Wildfire follow suit soon.
Ryan has three children in our LUFC program and has laid the blueprint for successfully managing the transition of a team from Recreation to Signature to Club levels of play. He is diligent, passionate, and really cares about the well-being of his players.
Quotes from Parents on Coach Ryan’s teams:
“He truly cares about his teams, is a positive role model, inspires and motivates his teams! He is dedicated and puts in 120%.”
“Ryan took a group of 8-year old Recreation level skilled girls, practiced and trained them for 8 months without ever cancelling a practice, rain or shine. The team became better the more time that they spent on the field. The girls were well prepared going into State Cup and their success reinforced what a great job coach Ryan had done. I think Ryan is deserving because he poured everything he had into our girls to prepare them and win the State Cup Championship.”
“Ryan is the most supportive, dedicated coach I've seen in my experience with three children going through various sports over the years. He knows soccer and is extremely effective with the girls, with a strong firm attitude that is also encouraging and positive.”
“We provide our players the highest level of development in a safe, competitive, and community oriented environment.”
The LUFC B2002 Tier 1 team played five games across three days at the Las Vegas College Showcase.
Across the five games the team scored twenty goals and kept five clean sheets. The team won the final 1-0 to take the championship.
"It was a great weekend for the boys. They worked extremely hard, playing in five games across three days with very little rest time in between. The boys represented the club at the highest level and are starting to attract college interest already," said Coach Sam Nicholson. "The teams next challenge will be National Cup in April."
The match between LNYSA Wildfire and IE Surf that took place on Sunday afternoon at Galway Downs as part of 2017 Cal South State Cup Mayors Girls 2008 Division Final was not for the faint-hearted.
The Laguna Niguel-based club started off by taking an early lead, however, the Surf would come back strong and equalize the game before the end of regulation time. After a balanced overtime, there was no clear winner decided as of yet, leading to the penalty kicks that had to decide the ultimate champion. And after the seventh kick, coaches Ryan Ruggerello, Aaron Frye, and Mike Romano's team would come out on top.
“We went to PKs, which for 8 and 9-year-old girls, had to be probably their first experience, especially in a very competitive game like that,” the LNYSA coach said. “It was nothing short of a storybook ending, there’s no question.
“For me, I put in a lot of work into the team, and I really care about the girls and their families. To see them happy and for them to achieve the success means a lot to me, but ultimately, they’re the ones that achieved it as the players and they deserve all the credit,” Ruggerello added.
Ruggerello, on his second State Cup Championship, might’ve worked his magic to get his girls prepared for the tournament. But he mainly credits the players and their families’ attitudes and dedication to the game that helped in LNYSA’s latest success in the Cal South State Cup.
“Obviously, to play competitive sports they need to have a competitive edge, and then train,” Ruggerello said. “If you’ve got those things and they’re smart players, with good attitudes, then they can achieve anything. And that’s what they did. The amount of growth in a short period of time was incredible. Everyone committed to the process. The process, if you do it right, can produce amazing results.”