St. Louis Soccer HOF: Jimmy Dunn Coach of the Year Award

Dick Westbrook
The Coach of the Year Award

THE 2012 RECIPIENT FOR THE JIMMY DUNN "COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD" IS Dick Westbrook

Dick is the girls’ varsity soccer coach at Visitation Academy.  Since 2003 he has successfully led his teams to four Missouri State Championships – in 2004, 2006, and back to back championships in 2010 and 2011.  In 2005 VIZ finished in fourth place.  He has been named Missouri Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011, and was named Missouri Youth Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year in 2001.

Dick has also coached the varsity boys’ program at Bishop DuBourg High School in 2009 and 2010, wining the district title in 2009.  He has also coached/trained various clubs and organizations over the years; namely, Busch Soccer Club where they won the U-18 Boys National Championship in 2004.  Dick also coached with the Imo’s Soccer Club when they worn the U-18 Boys National Championship in 1975.  He is currently the Girls Director of Training at W.C. St. Louis.

Beginning in 1955-56 Dick played with Mike Breheny’s; Kutis II-1957-58; Mike Tamme-1962-1974, then C.S.M.A.C AND St. Stephen’s CYC Champs in 1969.

Dick was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.  He has been married to Irene for 55 years and has six children (5 boys and one girl).  His two oldest sons (Steve and Scott) played professionally and am very proud to say Steve is being inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame this year.

PREVIOUS HONOREES

2011 Bill Daues
2010 Greg Koeller
2009 Al Trost 
2008 Tim Walters 
2007 Joe Morgan
2006 John Mohrmann
2005 Charlie Martel
2004 Dave Thurmer
2003 Maureen McVey
2002 Dan Hogan
2001 Chris Werstein
2000 Ray Beckman
1999 Ray Stahl
1998 Mike Gauvain
1997 Dave Robben
1996 Vince Nowack
1995 Glen Mehrhoff
1994 Nate Wolf
1993 Tom Holmes
1992 Greg Vitello
1991 Terry Michler
1990 Vince Drake
1989 Gene Baker
1988 Mike Villa

THE HISTORY OF THE JIMMY DUNN AWARD

The Jimmy Dunn Award was originated in 1988 by his son, Edward, to honor his father who was Captain of the Ben Miller Team of 1920 which won the National Open Cup Championship.  Jimmy scored the winning goal against Fore River Massachusetts, a team of Portuguese Professionals, to win the game 2-1.

Edward Dunn started playing Soccer at St. Luke’s parish in Richmond Heights in the late 30’s. He learned the game from his father, the great Jimmy Dunn. During his years at CBC High School and Saint Louis University he played baseball and football.  Soccer was not available at this time at these schools. 

Edward started his coaching career at Saint Louis University High in 1955. He remained there for 38 years, leading the Junior Bills to State titles in 1973 and 1990, and reached the Final 4 many times. He retired after the 1993 season with a record of 952 wins, 197 losses and 104 ties. At that time, he was known as the Coach to have the most wins in the country. Some of the prominent players he coached were Pat McBride and Ty Keough, both All Americans at SLU and Pro Soccer players.

Edward received the Msgr. Jimmy Johnston Award in 1986, the CYC Golden Boot Award in 1995 and was inducted into the CBC Hall of Fame, National Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996 and St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1994.  

Edward developed cancer around the year 2000 and he succumbed to the disease on January 10th, 2002. He was 73 years old.