The PRSC Referee of the Year Award is given annually to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated excellence in soccer officiating. The award is determined by a vote of the PRSC Referee Coaching Committee and is based on the following factors:
Lucas Byron and Viviann Markech have been chosen by the Referee Coaching Committee as the 2018 - 2019 Referees of the Year.
Lucas Byron began his referee career as an AR when he was in 7th grade. He immediately caught the attention of the Referee Coaching Committee. Over the years, he excelled, taking on ever more challenging assignments and finishing with a U19 Boy game as the center referee. He says that he never saw refereeing as work - it was always fun. As an additional benefit, it gave him structure and taught him time management skills. It should also be pointed out that Lucas recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lucas will be attending DePaul University. Because he will be local, he intends to continue to referee for our program as time allows. We will be privileged to have him.
Viviann Markech also began her referee career as an AR when she was in 7th grade. She says that when she first began refereeing she was absolutely terrified. It took a while but over time, she gained confidence and realized that she was capable of taking on the ever more challenging assignments that were sent her way. She says that as a referee, she learned to make decisions under pressure, act diplomatically when dealing with unhappy people, and take charge/responsibility when necessary.
Viviann has played soccer since she was in kindergarten, played on the varsity team at Resurrection High School, and was team captain her senior year. Over the years, she has annually volunteered with her family for the Rummage Sale at Mary Seat of Wisdom church. Viviann will attend Butler University but is undecided on a course of study at this time.