By Wendell Maxey, King Sports Information and Social Media Liaison
King School is proud to share the news that Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach Enzennio Mallozzi has been nominated as a national finalist for the Double-Goal Coach of the Year Award by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
"It's a massive honor to be nominated for this award. The consideration and recognition from the community brings joy to my heart," said Coach Mallozzi of the nomination.
"This award says more about the community then it does about me. We live and work in an environment of good people who are up to great things. King School goes above and beyond to help support its student-athletes and their respective coaches."
Both Coach Mallozzi and Senior Riley Hicks (who was named the 2018 Triple Impact Competitor scholarship winner by the Positive Coaching Alliance) were recognized by Darrell Johnson from the PCA on Wednesday morning at King School in front of students, family, and staff members at the annual Winter Athletics Assembly.
After receiving nearly 1,000 nominations representing 47 states, 50 winners will be selected by judges in the coming weeks to accept the honor at PCA's National Youth Sports Awards & Benefit on April 27th at Santa Clara University's Leavey Center. Thanks to the generosity of the Taube Family Foundation, the PCA will select one grand prize winner who will receive $10,000- $2,500 to the coach and $7,500 to the youth sports organization or school of their choice, to further the impact they are making as a Double-Goal Coach in their community.
For Coach Mallozzi, community remains the root of the Double-Goal Coach of the Year Award and the heart of the daily work being done in Stamford at King School.
"In my eyes, none of what we have accomplished could be possible without the teamwork behind the scenes or the student-athletes who are willing to put in the extra work off the field. I'm very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful institution."
In addition to his soccer coaching duties at King and serving as a mentor to young athletes, Coach Mallozzi organized annual fundraisers to support The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, Kick it for Keith Foundation, the Umbrella Club and the Stamford Youth Soccer League. Over the last five years, Coach Mallozzi's efforts have collectively helped raise over $150,000 for charitable causes.
As the only coach from the state of Connecticut nominated as a national finalist for the Double-Goal Coach of the Year, Varsity Boys Soccer team captain Junior Thomas King feels the recognition is well-deserved for Coach Mallozzi.
"Coach Mallozzi creates an environment on and off of the field that goes far beyond just a team. We are a brotherhood thanks to Coach. He gives us all a chance to bond with him, each other, and express ourselves on the field while maintaining a winning, intense attitude," explained King, a standout student-athlete who has received FAA All-League honors in Soccer, was named to the 2018 WNEPSSA All-Star Team and was selected to the Connecticut All-State Team this season.
"He pushes us to be the best players and people we can be. What Coach Mallozzi has instilled in the team is like nothing I've seen before. It's truly something special and with all of the charity work he does off the field, he deserved to be recognized."
In a 2018 season that saw the Varsity Boys Soccer team at King reach the Semifinals of the NEPSAC Tournament this past Fall, Coach Mallozzi's nomination as a national finalist for the Double-Goal Coach of the Year Award by the Positive Coaching Alliance is another big score for the Vikings.