CHICAGO – United Soccer Coaches named Union Academy’s Vic Johnson on Jan. 11 as the 2018 High School/Youth Girls’ National Coach of the Year.
Johnson coaches the boys and girls teams. Both teams are competitive in a very tough 1A conference.
“This award goes to the many that put forth the effort to make it happen,” he said. “The award belongs to all of us.”
In his 10 years as the UA boys coach, his team has won four conference championships and amassed a record of 113-62-12. In five years as the UA girls coach, his team’s record stands at 111-21-10 and has won two conference championships.
In May, Johnson coached the UA girls team to the school’s first-ever team state championship as they dominated Franklin Academy 6-1. He was also named the 2018 PAC-7 Conference Coach of the Year and NCHSAA 1A Coach of the Year.
Caleigh “Mac” MacKinnon started at forward on the varsity team for Johnson all four years and was named the MVP of the state championship game. She was recently recognized as a 2018 High School Scholar All-American. Only 55 female players were recognized by the association nationwide.
“My skills as a soccer player and leader grew exponentially under [Johnson’s] supervision and training,” MacKinnon said. “With him as my high school coach at UA and club coach at [Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association], I was able to truly become the player I became.”
In her four years, MacKinnon scored 176 goals and was named to the all-conference, all-region and all-state teams her sophomore, junior and senior year. MacKinnon graduated from UA in 2018 and attends N.C. State University.
“I am extremely proud of Mac for earning such a prestigious award,” Johnson said. “It just goes to show what hard work, dedication, drive and determination can get you. She was a tremendous student-athlete and leader on and off the field.”