The North Texas Olympic Development Program (ODP) had a new award start in the 2020-2021 season, with the inaugural ODP MVP awards. This award is presented to one boy’s player and one girl’s player each season based on their performance throughout the year. To be eligible for the award players must have been in ODP for a minimum of three seasons and be nominated by their age group head coach. Once all nominations have been submitted, the North Texas ODP Committee votes on the players to select a winner. The ODP Committee is made up of the ODP Chairperson, the North Texas Director of Coaching, two ODP Staff Coaches, one Association Volunteer, and the North Texas Staff Member overseeing ODP.
Boys MVP: Cole Powell
Cole Powell is a center back from Frisco, TX who has been a part of the Olympic Development Program since 2017. He was nominated by his ODP Coach, Ian Keeble. Coach Keeble says that Cole has brought a stability and leadership to the 2005 boys that has bolstered the back line and led them to a superb record with him on the field. Cole plays his club soccer for Dallas Texans 05 Boys Academy.
“I am humbled by the honor and deeply appreciative of the award. I truly enjoy playing for ODP with my teammates and for Coach Ian.” – Cole Powell
Girls MVP: Kloe Brown
Kloe Brown is a center back from Forney, TX who has been a part of the Olympic Development Program since 2015. She was nominated by her ODP Coach, Warren Cottle. Coach Cottle spoke of Kloe’s relentless work ethic over the years and her dedication to the program. These coupled together have seen her rise through the ranks to become the standout player she is today. Kloe plays her club soccer for NTX Celtic 04’ Mayes.
“I am really honored to be chosen for this award, ODP has been the best experience for me and has given me so many opportunities. I have been lucky enough to play for so many great coaches throughout my time with ODP, each of those coaches giving me impactful lessons on my journey as a player. They are the reason I kept and keep coming back. Thank you ODP! #NTXODPforlife” – Kloe Brown