Helena Youth Soccer Association

Scott Lockwood

Immediate Past President

Scott Lockwood started his interest in soccer when participating on the Helena High ski team. The coach was looking for a fun activity that involved lots of running to get the team into shape during preseason so he had them play soccer. Nobody knew the rules except for a French foreign exchange student who knew the game but not how to coach, especially in English. Scott went on to play intramural soccer in college and occasional adult soccer in Helena. Coaching for HYSA began when he coached his son Sean on the U-14 boys Arsenal team (along with the legendary John Hollow) in 1985. Since then he has coached Arsenal teams at every age group and gender. He started coaching girls in 1993 and met his wife Dawn while coaching her daughter Kim Leighton. His teams have won numerous State Championships and competed at the Far West Regional Tournament as well as the USA Cup. He has a National “D” coaching license and continues to assist HYSA teams. He also assisted with the Helena High School girls soccer program for a number of years. Recognizing a need for girls to develop their soccer skills in an all-girls environment, 1990’s he approached the HYSA with an idea for an All Girls League. He and Dave Michels set up a registration table in the Capital Hill Mall and the first season about 45 grade school age girls played the first recreational soccer sponsored by HYSA. The turnout doubled every season for many years and became a vibrant force in the emerging dominance of Helena girls soccer throughout Montana. This program eventually evolved into our recreational soccer program available for boys and girls.

Scott has been on the HYSA board of directors nearly every year since the beginning and is currently the President of HYSA. He was the MYSA state player registrar and has been recognized as coach of the year by HYSA and the Montana Youth Soccer Association. He was the State Referee Administrator for Montana for more than 25 years and continues to train more than 100 referees every year. He has been the Soccer rules interpreter for the Montana High School Association for more than 20 years and has sat on the National Federation of High Schools Soccer Rules committee for 3 years.

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