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:
Regina Lee and Connor Leavitt have been chosen by the Referee Coaching Committee as the 2019 - 2020 Referees of the Year.
Regina began playing soccer as early as she could remember. She began her officiating career as an AR in 7th grade and immediately made an impression on many of our referee coaches. Over time, Regina has taken on more challenging assignments culminating as the center official for high school aged boys’ and girls’ club matches. Through her on field presence, she has had a positive influence in the way games were played. She says that being a soccer official has given her more confidence in life and taught her how to effectively communicate with adults. One of the surprises from her officiating duties has been recognizing certain younger players and watching them grow in their soccer careers.
In addition to her playing experience through the PRS program and with Maine South, Regina has been a four-year member of the Maine South tennis team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the World Language Society. She will be attending Purdue University this fall, pursuing a degree in engineering.
Connor started playing soccer at a very young age, working his way through the various house league levels and then to the travel club programs. He began his officiating career as an AR in 7th grade. Since then, he has gradually taken on more challenging assignments gaining a USSF Grade 8 certification and centering travel league matches. In recommending Connor, the referee coaches noted that he could handle any contest he was assigned with poise and a determined effort.
While Connor won’t miss the occasional match in the freezing rain, he appreciated the higher level of leadership that officiating required. He says that it has provided him with a great opportunity to pass along his love for the game and to broaden his experience as a player and referee. It has even influenced his development as a volunteer coach for one of his other sporting activities.
In addition to his Referee of the Year honors, Connor has been recognized as a CSL and Illinois State Scholar and has received an IHSA Scholastic Achievement award. He is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to pursue a degree in Engineering Management.