The delegation members were: Phil Watson (HOD), Lou Agocs (COVID Captain), Jim Albertson (Mentor), Kelly Dunbar (Mentor), Esad Omanovic (Mentor), Beaux Blanchard, Jeff Blanchard, Mary Blanchard, Jonathan Hill, Aaron Iehl, Robert Kerwood, Ben Lloyd, Jeromy Metier, Haris Mujic, Blaise Rothwell, Matt Ryder, Nikki Schuppan, Rich Voyek, Braxton Williams. (Blake Read was selected, but unable to attend due to COVID issues.)
2021 Midwest Region Presidents Cup Delegation
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The Iowa Delegation had an outstanding tournament with 10 of the 13 receiving assignments for the Semifinals or Finals.
Jonathan Hill was a Fourth Official on the 13U Boys Semifinal, refereed the 19U Boys Final and was selected to represent Iowa at the National Championships. He performed well on his Referee assignments, but it was his excellent performances as AR that put him on the radar. Matt Ryder was AR1 on the 13U Boys Final. Nikki Schuppan was AR1 on the 15U Girls Final.
In addition, the Referee Coach/Mentors all had Semifinal assignments with Jim Albertson and Phil Watson receiving Final assignments.
Special mentions go to:
Lou Agocs for being the perfect roommate and handling many administrative tasks in addition to his mentor role.
Jim Albertson for spending his time with us and helping another generation of referees. Having Jim around not only gave us a great mentor, but his long list of connections enabled him to represent all Iowa referees.
Kelly Dunbar for having knee surgery on Monday and leaving for the tournament on Wednesday. Although on crutches throughout, she never complained and carried out her duties, not just on the games, but being a great sounding board for the team.
Esad Omanovic took the opportunity to network and talk to as many people as he could for the benefit of Iowa referees.
Blaise Rothwell gave up an assignment as Referee so that Beaux Blanchard could be the Referee for one of the KFTMs.
Beaux Blanchard became our team mascot through his outstanding performances as AR.
The weather had a great impact on the tournament schedule. On the second day, a thunderstorm caused an hour’s delay. Overnight, there was a tornado warning and heavy rain. All the scheduled games for the third day were cancelled. Only one game was played Saturday and KFTM were held to determine which teams went through. There were 8 KFTM at a time on the two turf fields – Jim, Lou, Esad, and myself were there to observe and support. Each team took 11 kicks so all the players on a team could kick. Ties stood as this was the third day of group play.
The Semifinals and Finals were all played on Sunday – 8:00 a.m. ‘til 9:30 p.m. KOs. The Semifinals were played at three venues – nearly all turf. The Finals were all at VOA on the two turf fields.
I was proud of the entire delegation for staying at the complex to support Jonathan on his 19U Boys Final. I bet we were the ONLY delegation to support our referees like this. The camaraderie built during the tournament showed just how close this group became.
The tournament administration had a few problems with the Zoom meetings and timings; but, given the way the tournament schedule was thrown up in the air, they did a phenomenal job.
Due to the changes in the tournament schedule, the Delegation Dinner planned for Sunday evening was replaced by a Delegation Breakfast on Monday morning which was very appreciated by the team.