Menace staff members (left to right) Matt Homonoff, Adam Small and Abby Johnson display the team's 2014 awards.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 – United Soccer Leagues president Tim Holt presented the Des Moines Menace with a pair of awards on Dec. 12 at the USL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet in Clearwater, Fla.
Menace general manager Matt Homonoff accepted hardware for the 2014 Premier Development League regular-season championship and for the 2014 PDL Communications Award.
“We are grateful for the recognition from the league,” Homonoff said. “2014 has been quite the year for the Menace, with excellent fan support during a championship season highlighted by hosting the PDL Playoffs. There are more than 60 teams in the league, and we’re all working hard to grow the game of soccer in our respective communities. It means a lot for our staff to receive the Communications Award and to be among an outstanding group of honorees.”
The Menace secured the franchise’s third PDL championship with a league record of 12-1-1 last summer. The Menace earned the league’s regular-season title in 2002 and finished as the PDL’s postseason champion in 2005.
Last month, the PDL announced the Menace as a finalist for the Communications Award, which annually recognizes a team for excellence in fan and media relations through its public relations and web initiatives. The Menace got the nod over King’s Warriors SC (W. Va.), Reading United AC (Penn.) and Westchester Flames F.C. (N.Y.).
“This is an excellent honor for our staff,” said Menace director of operations Adam Small, who leads the organization’s communications. “The award recognizes the behind-the-scenes work of committed team members. I would like to thank team photographer Art Schramm and our superstar interns Matthew DeWitt and Jordan Guy, who have been instrumental in bringing our electronic communications to a higher level. Much of the credit also goes to Abby Johnson, who has played an important role in our recent initiative to launch nine new websites promoting our teams and youth programs.”
The Menace’s growing list of PDL awards, updated here, includes the Organization of the Year in 2009 and the Marketing Excellence Award in 2000 and 2006. Menace owner Kyle Krause was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2011, and former Menace head coach Laurie Calloway was inducted the following year. Nine Menace players have received postseason honors – most recently all-PDL performer Chris Hellmann and all-conference selection Ralphie Lundy in 2014 – and the Menace has earned PDL Coach of the Year on four occasions, including Mike Jeffries’ recognition this year.
Congratulations to the USL’s 2014 honorees:
USL Men’s Hall of Fame: Phil Rawlins, founder and president of Orlando City SC (USL PRO)
USL Women’s Hall of Fame: Pete Zaratin, CEO of Long Island Rough Riders (W-League)
Regular-Season Champions: Orlando City SC
Fair Play: Rochester Rhinos
Marketing: Sacramento Republic FC
Broadcast: Orlando City SC
Communications: Richmond Kickers
Rookie Franchise of the Year: OKC Energy FC
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: John Rotz, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Progress Award: Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Executive of the Year: Warren Smith, Sacramento Republic FC
Organization of the Year: Sacramento Republic FC
Regular-Season Champions: Des Moines Menace
Fair Play: Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors
Marketing: FC Tucson
Broadcast: BYU Cougars
Communications: Des Moines Menace
Rookie Franchise of the Year: Lane United FC
Progress Award: Seacoast United Phantoms
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: Scott Taylor, Mississippi Brilla
Executive of the Year: Dan Duggan, Michigan Bucks
Organization of the Year: FC Tucson
Regular-Season Champions: LA Blues
Fair Play: Charlotte Lady Eagles
Marketing: Quebec Dynamo ARSQ
Broadcast: Charlotte Lady Eagles
Communications: K-W United FC
Rookie Franchise of the Year: Colorado Pride
Progress Award: K-W United FC
Betsy McAdams Key Grip Award: Andi Skinner, New York Magic
Executive of the Year: Jeremy Auyer, Charlotte Lady Eagles
Organization of the Year: Charlotte Lady Eagles
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 22nd season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, preparing for its fourth season, is part of the 70-team Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). From May to July, the Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments.
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