Hampton named Coach of the Year for OKC League

CHICKASHA – When USAO Head Soccer Coach Jimmy Hampton isn’t busy leading the Drovers to conference tournaments, he’s coaching the Oklahoma Alliance Football Club, the largest soccer club in Oklahoma.

But Hampton doesn’t miss a beat despite his busy schedule. The Women’s Premier Soccer League recently named him Big Sky Coach of the Year.

“It’s a very nice honor to receive to award,” Hampton said. “(USAO) Coaches Orsi, Hubbard and Vizarelis were also assistants, so it reflects on the entire staff at USAO.”

In 2010, Hampton led the Oklahoma Alliance to its second divisional crown in the past three seasons.

“Not only was the team successful in the win-loss column under his stewardship this year, Oklahoma also brought an up-tempo and entertaining brand of soccer to the pitch,” according to the WPSL website, www.wpsl.info.

The WPSL also described Hampton as a “fiery and enigmatic mentor.”

Also of note, Hampton’s daughter, Dria, was named Big Sky Player of the Year.

Hampton has been coaching the Drovers since the soccer programs began in 1998. With the Edmond Soccer Club — which recently merged with North Oklahoma Soccer Club to become the Oklahoma Football Club — he has coached three national runners up teams and grabbed 20 state club titles. Hampton was named director of coaching for OFC.

After the 2009 soccer season at USAO, Hampton also was named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Southwest Region Coach of the Year.

Published: Aug. 5, 2010