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CHARLIE SLAGLE, CLASS OF 2005
Congratulations to Charlie Slagle, who recently published a book, “Soccer Smarts: 75 Skills, Tactics, & Mental Exercises to Improve Your Game.” A long-time soccer coach and administrator, Charlie’s stellar reputation in the world of soccer and on-field wisdom make his new book, Soccer Smarts, inspiring for soccer players of all ages. Believing that sports should be fun, every chapter has motivational tips and quotes along with the tactics and strategies for play.
NOTE: Picking up on Charlie’s publication of his book, a new tab, Featured NCSHOF Authors, on the website will be considered.
JOHN RENNIE, CLASS OF 2011
Congratulations to John Rennie, after whom the John Rennie Nike Invitational was renamed in 2012 in its 31st year. The collegiate men’s soccer tournament hosted by Duke was started in 1982 as the Duke Soccer Invitational. Over the course of history, the weekend-long event played at Duke University in Durham has featured some of the best players, coaches and teams in the college game and has been renamed several times, most recently (2008-2011) as the Nike Classic.
RAY ALLEY, CLASS OF 2002
Congratulations to Ray Alley, who was one of four high school coaches recently named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Field of Honor, the organization’s Hall of Fame. Coaches are inducted based on their success on the field and their service in promoting high school soccer at State, Regional and National levels.
ANSON DORRANCE, CLASS OF 2002
Congratulations to UNC-CH Women’s Head Coach Anson Dorrance, who recently earned his 1000th career collegiate coaching victory.
GEORGE KENNEDY, CLASS OF 2014
Congratulations to Janice Kennedy, whose husband George was inducted posthumously on September 17 into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame and on September 20 into the Western Guilford High School’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
DOUG KIDD, CLASS OF 2016
Congratulations and thank you to Doug Kidd, who stepped down this summer after serving as President for 21 years of the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.
LEE HORTON, CLASS OF 2007 and CURT JOHNSON, CLASS OF 2013
Congratulations to Lee Horton and Curt Johnson, graduates of Raleigh’s Ravenscroft, who were recently highlighted in the school’s Summer 2018 Ravenscroft Magazine for their continued achievements and contributions to soccer in North Carolina.
CINDY PARLOW CONE, CLASS OF 2017
FIVE-PERSON CLASS of the national soccer hall of fame WILL BE ENSHRINED IN FRISCO, TEXAS ON OCTOBER 20 AT TOYOTA STADIUM
Cindy Parlow Cone was inducted to the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017!
Frisco, Texas – (May 31, 2018) – The National Soccer Hall of Fame introduced its 2018 class today with a series of surprise announcements in five different cities across the country. The newest members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame include Cindy Parlow Cone (veteran), Dr. Bob Contiguglia (builder), Brad Friedel (player), Don Garber (builder, elected in 2016 but deferred enshrinement to 2018) and Tiffeny Milbrett (player). Read More…
PAT B. HAMILTON, CLASS OF 2000
On May 12, many soccer-loving kids from NCFC Youth were the center of attention. During halftime of the NC Courage’s match against the Washington Spirit, hundreds of NCFC Youth soccer players took the field at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park to be recognized as the North Carolina Football Club honored the 2018 Spring Hamilton Award winners. An additional Hamilton Night will take place later in the season at an NCFC game to honor the 2018 Fall Hamilton Award winners.
Named in honor of the late Pat B. Hamilton, a co-founder of the Raleigh Soccer League, a predecessor of the Capital Area Soccer League, and past president of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, the award is given to one player on each North Carolina FC Youth team who “exhibits all qualities of sportsmanship, including a positive attitude, respect, teamwork and love of the game.”
Jennifer Shaye Plante, National Champions Hall of Honor, Class of 2013
Congratulations to Jennifer Shaye Plante, who was inducted into the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame on April 12. Jennifer was a player on the 1977 Raleigh Spartans, National Champions Hall of Honor, Class of 2013. The team won the 1995 Under-18 Division of the United States Youth Soccer Association.
An article about the honor bestowed on Jennifer appeared in the Jacksonville Daily News newspaper:
CLASS of 2018
|Kathy Robinson||Rob Wilcher||Woody Gibson|
North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 was inducted on January 27, 2018.
Dr. Woody Gibson taught and was an Athletic Director at High Point University where he coached men’s soccer for 22 years, accumulating a record of 211-138-27 and seven conference championships. His teams were nationally ranked nine times in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 20 polls. He was named NAIA Coach of the Year for the conference six times; for the district four times; and once as area Coach of the Year. Woody served on numerous NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) boards and committees and was one of the founding coaches of the North Carolina Olympic Development program.
Kathy Robinson has over 30 years’ continuous service to North Carolina youth soccer on local, state, regional, and national levels. She has been Executive Director of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) and its over 90 member organizations since 1994 during which time membership growth has nearly doubled. She is on the board of the NC Soccer Hall of Fame and is a corporate officer of the NC Soccer Referees Association, Inc. She is the state representative for Regional and National youth soccer competitions and has brought three regional competitions and one national competition to North Carolina. Kathy served on the National Strategic Planning Committee to ensure the place of recreational soccer.
Rob Wilcher has a 28 year career as both a girls and boys high school soccer coach at both Freedom and T.C. Roberson High Schools. With three boys’ state championships and an accumulated coaching record of 1026-198-54, Rob has been Coach of the Year for the state eight times; for the South Region and National twice each; and Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He is a founder of the High School State Games and served on the NC Soccer Coaches Association Board. Rob played soccer at Appalachian State University and was inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
The North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to recognize and honor those persons, either a player, coach, referee or administrator, that have made significant contributions to the game of soccer in the State of North Carolina. To be eligible, inductees would have spent several years in North Carolina directly involved in and promoting the game. Those with primarily regional or national accomplishments have accomplishments that draw attention to furthering the game in the State by virtue of their prior relationship to North Carolina. The National Champions Hall of Honor recognizes North Carolina soccer teams and programs that have won a national championship at the highest levels of competition in youth, amateur adult, college and professional soccer.