2001 College Soccer Ambassadors
These coaches are recognized for promoting and enhancing the quality and growth of college soccer. We don’t claim to have a perfect list and realize it is likely that we have left off some very deserving coaches. In that regard we plan to make this an annual article. Regardless, our intent is to acknowledge the contributions that college soccer coaches make to the sport as they are the men who are at the very center of it. The coaches are listed in alphabetical order.
Al Albert – William and Mary – His many years of dedicated service to the sport have improved college soccer in the Williamsburg, Virginia community and on a national basis. Albert’s efforts have contributed in a very positive manner to the lives of many of his players. He has been the head coach at William and Mary for thirty years.
Clive Charles – Portland – One of the premier soccer coaches in the United States. His role as a coach and his involvement in soccer at various levels has promoted and enhanced college soccer.
Sasho Cirovski – University of Maryland – A true advocate and supporter of college soccer whose genuine enthusiasm and respect for the sport greatly enriches college soccer.
Barry Gorman – Penn State University – Gorman has been an active participant in and served in a leadership role in various worthwhile initiatives designed to enhance, promote, and improve collegiate soccer.
Schellas Hyndman – SMU – Hyndman has devoted years to college soccer and the game is much better as a result of his involvement. He has coached numerous All-Americans.
Seamus McFadden – San Diego – He has been the head coach at the University of San Diego since 1979 and fielded the program’s first team in 1980. McFadden laid the foundation for San Diego soccer and under his direction the Torero soccer program has become a consistent winner. His years of involvement, dedication and support for college soccer have made the sport better for everyone.
Bob Reasso – Rutgers – His many years of enthusiastic involvement at the collegiate level have enhanced the sport and greatly benefited college soccer.
John Rennie – Duke University – The first chairman of the NCAA Division I Soccer Coaches Committee, formed for the nationwide development of Division I soccer. Rennie became the head coach at Duke in 1979. Six of his players have earned the Hermann Trophy. He has been active in promoting the growth of soccer locally and on the national scene in various capacities.
Fred Schmalz – University of Evansville – He has been a collegiate soccer coach for over thirty years. In 2001 he enters his twenty-third season as the head coach of the Evansville Purple Aces. Schmalz has done much to promote the growth of soccer locally and on the national level. He has served as a U.S. Soccer Federation national staff coach and coached in six Olympic Sports Festivals.
Charlie Slagle – Davidson – Slagle has provided years of support for college soccer. He had a great deasl to do with taking the Final Four (College Cup) to a higher level. Slagle has been very active as a member of the NSCAA Coaches Association serving in various leadership roles.
John Tart – Charlotte – Tart has been actively involved in working with many initiatives that have promoted and enhance college soccer. He was the head coach at Furman University for thirteen years taking the Paladins to their first NCAA Tourney in 1991. At Furman, Tart won ten Southern Conference Championships. He became the head coach at Charlotte in 1995 and took the 49ers to the Final Four in 1996. Tart has been an advocate of soccer in the Carolinas and nationally for many years.
Jerry Yeagley – Indiana University – Much can be said about Yeagley’s efforts and what the teams he coached accomplished but the bottom line is that the years that he has devoted to college soccer have improved the game for everyone involved.
Jim Lennox – Hartwick College – Lennox has been the head coach at Hartwick College for twenty-five seasons. He coached the United States National “B” team at the 1991 and 1993 World University Games. He was the first ever director of coaching for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America from 1983 to 1988. Lennox has done a lot to promote and enhance soccer in the United States.