Fall 2017
Coaches of the Season

Kayla Edwards - Softball

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Please join the SOSC family in congratulating Kayla Edwards as the recipient for the 2017 Fall Coach of the Season award in Softball! Kayla became a part of the Special Olympics family while she studied at Purdue University, where she assisted in forming the first Special Olympics Club. She is originally from Minnesota but expresses, “Getting involved with Special Olympics has been one of my favorite parts of living in Santa Barbara.” Coaching softball has brought her back to growing up, remembering the times that she played softball. She loves being able to mold and shape the lives of our athletes through sports. Special Olympics has been a life changing experience for her and she cannot wait until the next softball season!


Eileen Malumaleumu - Bowling

Hometown: Torrance

Please join the SOSC family in congratulating Eileen Malumaleumu as the recipient for the 2017 Fall Coach of the Season award in Bowling! Eileen got started with Special Olympics when she first initiated her employment with the City of Carson Special Needs Program in 1995. Throughout the many years that Eileen has been with us, she has not only coached bowling but also many other sports. Eileen expressed, “I love the athletes, seeing their enthusiasm and their happy spirit win or lose. The athletes, hands down, are what keep me going year after year.” In her spare time, she enjoys baking and couponing, however being a working mom, any spare time she has is spent with her two children. Eileen is grateful for Special Olympics, not just for herself, but also more importantly for our athletes who are able to have a platform of extracurricular activities, sports, competition, and another avenue of building lifetime memories and friendships.


Jacque Martin - Tennis

Hometown: Oceanside

Please join the SOSC family in congratulating Jacque Martin as the recipient for the 2017 Fall Coach of the Season award in Tennis! Jacque is a parent to a daughter that has been participating with Special Olympics for years. She started as an involved parent and later stepped into her coaching role when the previous coaches for tennis retired. The athletes are what keep bringing her back every season, she expressed, “The minute I see the first athlete arrive at practice, its nothing but joy that fills my heart.” In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and entertaining in her home. She is also very active in the military community and church community.


Carly Matera - Volleyball

Please join the SOSC family in congratulating Carly Matera as the recipient for the 2017 Fall Coach of the Season award in Volleyball! Carly started with Special Olympics during her first year at Cal Poly, while she pursued her degree in Special Education and wanted to get more involved in the community. She began coaching soccer and has had the honor of coaching volleyball, athletics, basketball, and now floor hockey. In her spare time she enjoys the mountains, she loves running, hiking, and being outdoors. Carly is thankful for Special Olympics and the selfless people she has met because of it. She expressed, “It’s hard to explain but the athletes give me energy and motivation to make it through the week. I think they teach me more than I could ever teach them!”


Adam Sutphin - Soccer

Please join the SOSC family in congratulating Adam Sutphin as the recipient for the 2017 Fall Coach of the Season award in Soccer! Adam started with Special Olympics in 2013 when he became interested in coaching athletics. He quickly became comfortable and fell in love with the organization. Since his start, he has had the opportunity to coach athletics, soccer, and basketball he is looking forward to coaching flag football when it becomes available. He expresses, “I’m here to help coach as much as I can, but these athletes have taught me so much about what is truly important in life; which is being the best you can be and just love everyone.” In his spare time, Adam works his two jobs and attends school where he pursues a career in marketing.