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Soccer coach receives national accolades

Coach Ackmann shows his players how to have character on and off the soccer field.

Princeton head soccer coach Kent Ackmann is one of only 33 recipients of a national coaching award. Representing the state of Texas, Ackmann was recently awarded the High School Coach of Significance Award.

United Soccer Coaches logo.The award, which was developed by the United Soccer Coaches organization, is intended to recognize members who are coaching for character and using the soccer field to teach life lessons at the high school level.

Created five years ago, the award is an opportunity for each state to recognize coaches who are making an impact within their schools and communities well beyond their records of wins and losses. It is presented by United Soccer Coaches, in conjunction with the association’s High School Coaches Advocacy Group.

“To be recognized as one of only 33 recipients nationwide is an amazing honor, but this award is really for our soccer program, the entire Princeton athletic program and the Princeton community,” said Coach Ackmann, who has been teaching CATE business classes and coaching in PISD for six years. “Their continued support and their willingness to embrace our diversity through unprecedented growth is what makes Princeton so special.”

Each of the High School Coach of Significance Award nominees are reviewed by the selection committee comprised of national, regional and state representatives.

Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

-Demonstrates character through education and leadership within his/her team, school or community.

-Expresses concern and support for others.

-Serves as an inspiration through accomplishments and leadership.

“We want to congratulate Coach Ackmann on being named the 2021 High School Coach of Significance for Texas,” said Greg Winkler, Boys High School Advocacy Chair. “We are pleased to acknowledge high school coaches who are focused on not only developing great soccer players, but coaches that realize that this great game can teach life lessons and provide opportunities to develop outstanding young men and women, as well.”  

According to Mr. Winkler, the United Soccer Coaches exists as the largest community for soccer coaches in the world.

“We unite coaches of all levels around the love of the game, and we elevate the game through advocacy, education and service,” he said.