We are the Wallowa Valley Youth Soccer Association.
Our mission is to use the game of soccer to provide inclusive opportunities for the youth of Wallowa County in a safe and fun environment. We are focused on developing sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual skills for each player. Our programs also aim to strengthen our community by promoting active lifestyles and volunteerism.
Jeff currently serves as the WVYSA board president. He and his family moved to Wallowa County in 2009, and the WVYSA was his first volunteer gig after moving here. He has been a WVYSA board member since 2009, and has coached youth soccer since 2003. Jeff and his family live outside Enterprise, where his oldest child graduated from High School in 2016 -- a path also being followed by two children still at home.
Maria has served on the Board since 2011. She has coached with the league for 7 years, including leading the “Little Kickers” program. Although Maria and her family moved to Wallowa County in 2008, family roots run deep, and they feel blessed to live on her families’ 100+ year ranch. When not volunteering, Maria works full-time for Building Healthy Families where she teaches Alternative Ed and enjoys providing fun and educational opportunities for the youth in our community. She, and her husband Jeff, are the parents of two soccer loving girls and one mischievous chocolate lab.
Enterprise City Manager
Jeff has been the Enterprise City Manager since 2016. Before serving on the board, he coached four seasons. He and his family have lived in Enterprise since 2005 where he works as a fish biologist for ODFW, and his wife teaches elementary school. His two sons play in the soccer league. In addition to being active in several other sports in Wallowa County, the Yanke family loves being outside, especially on the river and on the ski slopes.
Board Member at Large
Peg Nave has been active with WVYSA since 2008. During that time, she has coached, been the Joseph City manager, and is currently on the board. She and her husband Jim, moved to Wallowa County in 1996 and are in the process of raising 2 kids, Flynn, a 9th grader at Enterprise H.S. and Cooper, a 6th grader at JCS. All family members have enjoyed being a part of WVYSA and are looking forward to the next season.
Caio De Melo
Joseph City Manager
Caio DeMelo has been a member of WVYSA since 2007 as a coach, board member and City manager. Caio has a great passion for soccer from his native roots in Brazil and enjoys playing soccer in Oregon. He lives in Joseph with his family, where they farm in the summer and love to ski and snowboard in the winter.
Wallowa City Manager
Hub has served as the Wallowa City Manager since 2017, in addition to coaching one of the Wallowa teams. He and his family have lived in Lostine since 2008 where he works as an electrician, and his wife teaches elementary school in Wallowa. Hub also serves on the Lostine City Council.