The Waushara Youth Soccer Program encourages a noncompetitive atmosphere in which players can learn and enjoy soccer without an emphasis on winning. The program's goals include teaching soccer skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game. The program provides recreational soccer for kindergarten through eighth grade youth from throughout Waushara County.
The WYSP board of directors is made up of Stephanie Coppens, Ann Dobbertin and Mark Dobbertin. Following are the board members' bios:
Stephanie Coppens began playing soccer her freshman year at Wautoma High School. By the end of her first season she had moved into the starting line-up. A four-year varsity letter winner, Stephanie is the leading scorer in WHS girls' soccer history. She was named All-East Central Conference (Lakes Division) both her junior and senior seasons. Coppens is a licensed WIAA soccer official and has coached from several years.
Ann Dobbertin was a standout athlete at Princeton High School, earning 10 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. She went on to UW-Stout and ran at Nationals in the mid-1980's. Her athletic career was cut short by injury, but her love of competition never waned. When the opportunity to become the coordinator of WYSP (and board chairperson) presented itself, she graciously accepted the challenge.
Mark Dobbertin began coaching various sports in the late-1970's. His first soccer coaching assignment came in 1982 at a small high school in New York State, shortly after his college playing days were over. He returned to coach at his high school alma mater, Arrowhead, in 1987. He was the Wautoma High School varsity boys' and girls' head coach for 13 seasons. He is a veteran WIAA soccer official and is now in his third season coaching WYSP.