Most AYSO volunteers start out locally in their regions, never
realizing how quickly they can be caught up in the philosophy of AYSO,
their love of the game of soccer and the great learning experience AYSO
provides children. This year's winner jumped right in!
As the local AYSO organization's Area 2-B representative, Marsh began
his 15 years of AYSO service in 1995. His involvement continues and
here are a few of the highlights:
- At the regional level his first step was as a coach for his
young son. Soon he was drawn to the best view of the game: he became a
referee. Then, while still remaining in the background, he started
helping his regional board and eventually became the RRA in 2004. There
he managed to increase the referee crew fourfold while encouraging
them to progress from Regional to Intermediate Referees. Through this
effort his region has the largest percentage of Intermediate referees
in Area 2-B. In 2009 he jumped at the chance to become the Regional
Assessor and Area 2-B Assessor—all at the same time.
- At the Area level he willingly helps wherever needed—as a referee
instructor, an assessor, and mentor and, of course, a referee. He has
always supported the efforts and ventures within all regions of Area
- At the Section 2 level our award winner has helped for several
years with Referee Instruction at Golden Gate Camp and he instructs at
Section conferences—all this while attending other classes to help him
grow as an AYSO volunteer.
With the humble beginning as a Under-10 coach, his list of
credentials now include National Referee, Intermediate Coach, Advance
Referee Instructor, Referee Instructor Evaluator, Assessor and soon to
be National Assessor.