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North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame
William D. Utter

Born January 13, 1938, in Fort Plain, New York

Married Beverly Maxon, 1958; five children: Jill, Pamela, Jennifer, Becky, Stacey BS, State University of New York, Brockport, 1960; M Ed, UNC-CH, 1964; Ph.D., UNC-G, 1974 Varsity Men’s Soccer, State University of New York, Brockport, 1960-64 Junior Varsity Coach, Men’s Soccer, UNC-CH, 1964 Head Coach, Men’s Soccer, State University of New York, Plattsburg, 1965-72, 1975 Head Coach, Men’s Soccer, UNC-Greensboro, 1972-74 Drug Education Program, Alamance County School System, 1975-81 Faculty member, NC A &T University and Winston-Salem State University USSF State Class I (05) Referee, 1986-1997 Referee of professional, amateur, youth, and college matches for 20+ years Official, NCAA Women’s National Championship Triad-area high school referee assignor, 15+years; Director of Piedmont Soccer Officials, 1986 Mentor for countless young referees; an active force in the development of soccer in Greensboro for 20 years Principal Examiner and Member, Board of Directors, Triangle Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association Referee Director, Greensboro Wrangler/McDonald Soccer Tournament, 1990 1976-1990, coached a variety of Greensboro Youth Soccer Association teams Coach, 8-1-75 ’76 Greensboro Twisters, 1991-94 (North Carolina U-16 finalist, 1991; U-16 champion 1992; U-17 champion, 1993; U-18 champion, 1994;
Region III U-17 champion, 1993; National U-17 finalist, 1993; Region III U-18 finalist, 1994) Coach, 8-1-82 ’83 Greensboro Twisters, 1992-Present (WAGS B Division champion, 1993; Jefferson Cup champion, 1994, 1995, 1996; Wrangler-McDonald champion, 1995, 1997; Raleigh Elks champion, 1995;
Raleigh Shootout champion, 1995; State Cup finalist, 1995, 1997)
Coach, 8-1-77 Greensboro Twisters, 1994-96
Member, GYSA Board of Directors, 1993-97
Coach of the Year, Plattsburg, NY, 1962; GYSA Coach of the Year, 1996

Comments from former players, parents of former players, and associates: expects the best from each player, his involvement with the ’76 Twisters, without question, carried them to the level of regional and national championship play; his passion for the game to be played “the right way” has fostered teams which year in and year out play a clean, sportsmanship style of play until the final whistle; tough but that is what makes him a fantastic coach; shares with us everything that he has learned which makes us better players; the epitome of what youth soccer is all about –team work, dedication; commitment, discipline, and a love for the sport of soccer; teaches that winning is nice but not the key, the key is to play the game…the success will come; “his girls” develop a strong dedication and work ethic toward school, a strong sense of self-respect and self-reliance as well as respect for others; a man committed to excellence and no one can spend time with him and not be affected by his positive outlook on life.

 
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