MCS grad Owen Finberg receives soccer coaching honors
South Kent, CT — Margaretville Central School graduate (1995) and South Kent School Director of Athletics and Head Soccer Coach Owen Finberg has been recognized as one of the top high school soccer coaches in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Adidas.
Finberg was named NSCAA/ADIDAS New England Region Private /Parochial Coach of the Year and was a nominee for National Private/Parochial Coach of the Year along with seven other regional winners. Finberg received his award at the NSCAA High School Awards Banquet in St. Louis at the NSCAA annual convention last week.
Finberg, who has won multiple awards for outstanding coaching both this year and in years past, said: “It is a great honor to be recognized here in Connecticut and to be recognized nationally is very gratifying. This recognition would not be possible without the support I receive from the South Kent School, the South Kent community and the great student-athletes that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with throughout my career.”
Finberg was also honored by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association as the 2008 Prep Coach of the Year. He was presented his second CSCA Coach of the Year Award at the annual CSCA banquet this past weekend. He had previously received that honor in 2006.
He will also receive the Thomas E. Krusewski Memorial Award as “Promising Young Coach” from the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association for 2008. CJSA oversees all amateur soccer in Connecticut from the youth level through college play and will present Coach Finberg with his award at their annual Awards Banquet January 30th in Farmington.
South Kent’s soccer team won the Class B New England championship this year, the team’s second New England championship in the last three years. The team also won the Ray Brown Cup as the best team during the regular season in Western New England and finished the season with a school best 17-2-1 record.
Coach Finberg concluded, “I owe a lot of my success to my coaching mentor and friend Pete Palen. To play on the great MCS teams of the early ’90s and to learn the game from such a great coach and motivator was priceless. I thank him for the inspiration he has provided for my coaching career.”
Coach Finberg is the son of Michael and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville.