March 1, 2016 – Woodridge Park District recently selected Anthony Bryant as the 2015 Coach of the Year for his passion of coaching and his ability to promote player development in a positive atmosphere. Anthony has been an outstanding role model during his time as a youth soccer and basketball coach for the park district and as a Woodridge Athletic Association (WAA) coach.
Anthony began volunteering for the Woodridge Soccer Association in 2006 and then began coaching baseball for WAA in 2010. Since 2012, Anthony has been both a head coach and assistant coach of two teams in the WPD youth basketball program.
Anthony is humbled to receive the Coach of the Year award. “It means that I’ve succeeded in making a difference in the lives of the families whose kids I’ve coached,” said Anthony. “Hopefully it also means that I’ve been able to cultivate the love for sports and healthy competition in young people.”
Anthony’s favorite part of coaching is seeing the kids’ faces light up when they succeed. “Whether it’s making a basket, scoring a goal, or getting a hit, seeing them turn to you and grin is priceless.”
“Lastly, I’ve enjoyed bringing my family together to enjoy all the sporting events I’m involved with. Watching my kids grow, succeed, fail and love the games I love is one of the great privileges in my life,” added Anthony.
Special recognition also goes to Woodridge Park District volunteer coaches Jason Imrisek, Ed Hartig and Dave Budach who also were nominated for the award.