Gary Waltz Coach of the Year

February 11, 2008 10:22:02 PM PST
A local coach who helps Valley kids with special needs is the winner of a national award.Gary Waltz of Fresno won the U.S. Youth Soccer Adidas Coach of the Year Award this past weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Waltz helped create the "Top Soccer" outreach program.

Young athletes with mental or physical disabilities play at levels consistent for their skills not their age.

Action news honored Coach Waltz as a "Person of the Week" in 2006.

He previously won honors as the Youth Soccer Regional Coach of the Year.