Making a Positive Impact, On and Off the Court
Each season, the Orlando Magic and the Jr. NBA team up to recognize outstanding youth basketball coaches in Central Florida through the Coach of the Year program. Our goal is to celebrate coaches who have an impact on their players on and off the court, while demonstrating integrity, character and leadership. Each year, the Orlando Magic will honor one local coach who embodies these characteristics and has made meaningful contributions to the community.
Nominations for 2018-19 are OPEN NOW!
Nominate a Central Florida youth basketball coach that demonstrates integrity, character, and leadership, all while making an impact on young people on and off the court.
The entry period closes January 21, 2019NOMINATE YOUR COACH
See Past Winner
Nominated in 2018
2018 National Coach of the Year Finalist
Mike Soma started coaching eleven years ago at the Titusville YMCA Family Center in Titusville, Florida. Coach Soma began working with his 4-year-old daughter’s basketball team as an assistant and soon became more involved with numerous sports in which his three children participated. His contributions to the local community are shown through his involvement with the Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Academy for 11 years.
Nominated in 2017
With more than 14 years of coaching experience, Coach Teal has had the privilege of working with players of all ages and from countries all around the world. His contributions to the local community are shown through his involvement with the Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Academy for 12 years and the National Basketball Academy for 8 years.