West Coach Crissy Makela honored with Breaking Barriers Award

Mankato Times

Coach Crissy Makela

MANKATO, MINN. — Mankato West High School Teacher and Coach Crissy Makela was selected to receive one of the 2018 Breaking Barriers Awards by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership.

The Breaking Barriers Award is given to individuals or organizations that have broken barriers, overcome challenges and/or strive to provide athletic opportunities for girls and women of all races, all ages, and all levels of ability.

Makela is the only head girls soccer coach in Mankato West High School history. During her 22 year tenor, Makela has turned the program into one of the most successful teams in southern Minnesota. She has compiled over 200 wins and led her team to four state tournament appearances. More importantly, Makela is a strong role model to her athletes and students.

Last year, she was one of 50 winners of the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award which is given to coaches who excel in teaching life lessons through sport, and has earned great respect from her coaching peers.

The Award will be presented to Makela at the Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration, which will be held at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12 noon – 1:00 pm. at the Minnesota History Center. The award ceremony is conducted in conjunction with the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a nationwide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of individuals in the promotion and advancement of girls’ and women’s sports. 

To learn more about the event visit www.ngwsd-mn.com/

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