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March 24, 2010
U.S. Olympic Committee honors Bradley

The U.S. National Team hasn't played a match of significance this season, but already coach Bob Bradley has been awarded a rare honor.

Bradley Wednesday was named 2009 national coach of the year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Bradley, who directed the team to a first-place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for this summer's World Cup and second place finishes at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, became the first soccer coach to earn the honor since the initiation of the award in 1996.

"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our team as recognition for their outstanding performance in 2009," Bradley said in a statement. "Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and reaching the finals of two major international tournaments were certainly important achievements, and represent the collective effort of this group for the past three years. We often speak of the honor and privilege of representing your country, and we take great pride in trying to live up to that responsibility. Thanks to the United States Olympic Committee and its members for this award."

Award winners were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals after U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations nominated their coaches. The Award is part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program.

Also being honored are Paralympic Coach of the Year Scott Moore (judo; Aurora, Colo.); Developmental Coach of the Year John Wingfield (diving; Indianapolis, Ind.); Volunteer Coach of the Year Brian McCutcheon (taekwondo; Kaneohe, Hawaii); and Heidi Thibert (figure skating; Fort Collins, Colo.) was selected as the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award honoree.

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