Soccer Hall of Fame
Class of 2013
“On a rainy night in September
1963, the seeds were planted for the growth of soccer in
the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. That’s when
Barry Howard witnessed his first soccer game.”
– narrative from Barry Howard Appreciation
Day, May 6, 2006.
So began, in such a seemingly small
way, a North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame career that graced
eastern North Carolina and points beyond. We recognize the
late Charles Barrett (Barry) Howard for his legacy to the
sport of soccer and his alma mater, Campbell College.
Coach Howard was born on May 28, 1945 in Dunn, NC and remained
nearly all his life in nearby Buies Creek, home of Campbell.
It was there, under the tutelage of Coach Jim “Catfish”
Cole (NC Soccer HOF, 1999), that he earned All South and
team MVP honors, graduating in 1969 with a B.A. in Physical
Education. He began coaching in the fall of that year at
Buies Creek High School, working with basketball and baseball.
But it was a year later that he made a significant move,
starting the school’s first soccer team, and they
were at that time the only 1A state public school sponsoring
After earning a masters degree from ECU in 1974, he returned
to coaching and eventually took over the soccer program
at consolidated Harnett Central from 1978 to 1981. His high
school accomplishments include four regional titles in a
decade of coaching, certainly highlighted by a semifinal
berth in his first state invitational high school tournament
In the 1980’s, Coach Howard served as an assistant
to Tim Morse at Campbell, where the club became a Division
I contender. He became head coach in 1989 and served in
that capacity for two years.
At least a dozen of his high school players went on to play
college soccer and several continued to teach and coach
at the scholastic or college level. One of his most notable
players was Tony Johnson (NC Soccer HOF, 1999), a UNC All-American
and professional player. Coach Howard was inducted into
the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and
an appreciation day was held for him in 2006 (see above).
Sadly, he passed away on December 5, 2008 at age 63. He
was survived by his wife Beverley and daughter Amy, and
predeceased by his son Barrett.
Outside of Coach Howard’s on-field career, it is important
to note two of his major contributions to Campbell University
and the sport of soccer. In 1983, he became president of
the Howard Christian Educational Fund. Begun in 1926 and
incorporated in 1951 by his father, the Reverend Charles
Barrett Howard, Sr., this fund has assisted more than 3500
students from all 50 states and 118 countries over 80 years
with loans, gifts and scholarships. In 1991 Coach Howard
would turn to running this program on a full time basis
and it continued to be a significant part of the university.
In soccer, it is important to note that Coach Howard was
a founding member of the North Carolina Scholastic Soccer
Coaches Association, along with fellow Campbell graduates
Rick Helms and Bill Holleman (NC Soccer HOF, 2000) as part
of a larger, ground-breaking group. He is given credit for
authoring the constitution of the organization, and as with
so many of his contributions, we in soccer are the better
“That September night, Barry walked out of the
family house in Buies Creek because the lights were on next
door at Taylor Field. In a steady downpour, he stood on
the edge of the touch line with mud running over his shoes……
and was hooked.” - May 6, 2006