Southern California soccer coach Ralph Perez honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America

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University of Redlands Coach Ralph Perez, a former Galaxy assistant coach, is a class act.

He (gently) coached me when I participated in a Galaxy fantasy camp for a column.

He is often an analyst on Galaxy radio broadcasts with Joe Tutino.

And he has assumed numerous coaching roles – arguably at more levels than anyone else – over decades of service to the sport.

Now he will receive the 2012 Walt Chyzowych Memorial Fund Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America Foundation-Walt Chyzowych Awards Ceremony Jan. 14 at the 2012 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

I’ve known Perez for a long time now dating back to his tenure with the Galaxy as an assistant coach.

He’s one of the good guys of American soccer: Selfless, dedicated and an ambassador for the sport.

Sister paper the Redlands Daily Facts has more.

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  • Paul Deffenbaugh

    I too played for him at Galaxy fantasy camp (the year after you went). It was truly an honor. I enjoyed the access and training provided by the club, but it was his professionalism, stature and grace that gave me the feeling I went there for… to be treated like a pro, even though we both knew it was strictly a “fantasy”.

    Well deserved. Congratulations to coach Perez.

  • studs

    Class act indeed, well deserved honor.

  • tim hanley

    Congrats to one of the best. Honored to have worked with you, and more importantly honored to have you as a friend.

    tim hanley