Walnut Creek Aquanuts Coach Laura LaCursia has been awarded the 2015 Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Award, supporters announced Wednesday.
PCA is “a national non-profit developing ‘Better Athletes, Better People’ by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth experience.” With its Double Goal Award, the organization annually honors coaches who pursue winning, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
LaCursia was among 25 winners singled out after more than 2,100 nominations, covering a range of sports, from throughout the United States. She is the first Synchronized Swimming coach to have received the award.
LaCursia was a synchronized swimmer as a young girl and has been a coach for over 40 years. She has coached high school and collegiate programs in the mid-west, served as US Olympic team Manager in 1996 and as National Team Director and head of the US Delegation for the Olympics in 2008. She came to WCA in 1990 and has served the club in nearly every capacity from head coach to club president, coaching athletes at every level from novice to elite. She is currently the coach of the 10 and under team.