The impact of Bill Finneyfrock on
soccer at every level in the Charlotte area is tangible.
Known by many as “Frock,” Bill has been for
a very long time a positive “force to be reckoned
with.” Coach, mentor, developer, organizer, player,
high school, public, private, professional, amateur, youth
… his contributions have covered every conceivable
form of soccer in Charlotte.
Born and raised in Lakewood, New
Jersey, Bill graduated from Bricktown High School in 1975
and spent his first two years of college at Erskine College
in South Carolina, where he was a goalkeeper, earning All-Conference,
All-South and NAIA All-American Goalkeeper honors. After
graduating from Erskine, he moved to Clemson University,
where the soccer teams that he played on won the ACC Championship
and advanced to the NCAA Final Four two years in a row,
in 1979 and 1980. Bill graduated from Clemson with a degree
in Parks and Recreation.
Upon graduation, Bill first played
professionally for the Pennsylvania Stoners, which won the
American Soccer League Championship in 1980, and then moved
to the Carolina Lightnin', which won the American Soccer
League Championship in 1981 in its inaugural year as a team.
Bill remained a player on the team during its final two
years, 1982-1983. Bill’s teammates nicknamed him Barney
Rubble. Lightnin’ coach Rodney Marsh said of Bill
that “he has good hands and is extremely brave, a
very hard worker in training and a player who does everything
necessary to improve his ability.”
After ending his playing years as
a professional, Bill became a teacher at St. Gabriel's Catholic
School but served at the same time as the soccer coach at
nearby Charlotte Catholic High School between 1983 and 1989.
The school won the conference title five times in the seven
years that he coached and was the only school to win the
combined 1A-2A-3A NCHSAA State Championship, doing so in
1986 and 1987.
In 1991, Bill became a teacher and
the head boys’ soccer coach at Charlotte’s Providence
Day School and has remained there ever since. Providence
Day has won the conference crown nine times since Bill arrived.
In addition Bill has led his teams to two State Semi-Finals,
two State Finals and six State Championships. The team was
cited by the NSCAA as #17 in the National Top Twenty-Five
in 1997 and in the NSCAA South Region as #7 in 1998 and
#6 in 1999.
Bill was inducted into the Charlotte
Catholic Hall of Fame in 2008, into the NCSCA Field of Honor
in 2011 and he was awarded the Peace Award from the Charlotte
Area Peace Corps Association in 2011. In addition, he has
been honored three times as the North Carolina State Coach
of the Year, three times as the US Southeast Regional Coach
of the Year and in 1997 as the National High School Coach
of the Year. In 1999 the Charlotte Observer named Bill as
the Coach of the Year.
Bill’s record as a coach is
impressive, with an overall combined boys and girls record
of 431 wins, 200 losses and 57 ties. With his girls’
teams, his record was 66-60-21, and with the boys, 365-140-36.
In 1999, he served as the NC Amateur Sports Soccer-West
In 1995, Bill founded the US Regional Soccer Association,
which became the Charlotte United FC in 2000 and has grown
to become the largest competitive soccer organization in
the greater Charlotte area. Bill serves as the organization’s
Executive Director. He holds the USSF National Goalkeeping
and USSF A licenses and the NSCAA coaching license and has
served as a US Youth Soccer Region III Boys ODP coach for
Bill married the former Jessie Mae
Bowen in 1981. They have three children, Heather, Amber