This year's honorees are former player Marty Espinoza, referee Bob Martinez and Gary Patton, one of the founders of Ballistic United.
* Marty Espinoza was one of BUSC's top forwards, playing on a pair of state championship teams and starting for three years at Amador Valley High as it earned three East Bay Athletic League titles. At Chico State, his team went to the NCAA Division II National Championship. He played professionally for the Houston Dynamos and the Kalamazoo Kangaroos, and later coached youth soccer and was honored as National Soccer Coaches Association as its Coach of the Year. He was a staff trainer for the South Texas Olympic Development Program and head trainer for Dynamos Select Soccer Club. He died in June 2010 at age 48.
* Bob Martinez started officiating under-8 youth soccer games for Ballistic United in 1975, becoming an accomplished youth soccer official for state, regional and national championship finals. He also had success in collegiate and professional ranks, refereeing NCAA semifinals, national women's semifinals, and NCAA Division II men's finals. Professionally, he refereed indoor soccer from 1993-97 in Sacramento and San Jose, and also officiated international games. As the referee coordinator for BUSC, Martinez, with his connections, was able to bring in quality officials. He also served as district and state referee coordinator for a number of years.
* Gary Patton, the man who had the idea to start the Ballistic United Soccer Club, recruited Harry Miller and Larry Boldrini to form the founding committee. While Miller, Boldrini and others developed the club into what it would ultimately become, Patton is credited with being was the architect of the club's foundation. After getting BUSC started, he went on to hold executive positions in both state and national youth soccer organizations, plus was a coach and referee. He later served as the first CYSA District 3 Commissioner, CYSA secretary and president. Patton died in October 2010.
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