Cypress Creek High School athletic director and varsity boys soccer coach Justin Pelliccia was named one of 100 regional winners for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) 2021 Double-Goal Coach Award, according to an announcement by the organization.
Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach, “whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more important goal is teaching life lessons through sports,” according to the organization.
Pelliccia and others were selected out of over 600 nominations that received over 3,000 letters of reference. He is one of 11 Florida-based coaches recognized.
In coming weeks, the organization’s selection committee will next identify 25 National Winners who will each receive $500, a certificate from PCA, and recognition on PCA’s website, newsletters and media campaigns.
From there, one special coach will win the Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in Coaching and be named PCA’s National Coach of the Year. This prize, to be awarded in April, will include $10,000 ($2,500 to the coach and $7,500 to a youth sports organization or school of their choice).
Pelliccia joined Cypress Creek when the school first opened 2017. Under his leadership, the upstart school’s athletics department earned the FHSAA’s Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for Class 4A for the 2019-2020 season.