Class of 2013 inducted into US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame
PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2014) — The 2013 class of the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame was announced Friday evening at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop in Philadelphia. Five integral members of the soccer community were honored: Dr. Thomas Fleck, Virgil Lewis, Charlotte Moran, and Jon and Connie Bivens.
Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance. Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Young Referee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with founder and first chairman of US Youth Soccer, Donald Greer, as the charter member.
Dr. Thomas Fleck (Pinellas Park, Fla.) | Coach
For more than 40 years, Dr. Thomas Fleck fostered the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. He was recognized in 2005 as the inaugural recipient of the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award, designed to honor a lifetime of dedication where one has with integrity, honor, humor and humility made extensive and far reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America. Read the full profile here.
Virgil Lewis (Corpus Christi, Texas) | Coach and Administrator
For more than three decades, Virgil Lewis has been a very influential part of the growth of youth soccer in the United States as both a coach and administrator. Many of those close to Lewis will say that his endless pursuit to promote the game is motivated by his immense love of soccer and all it offers. Read the full profile here.
Charlotte Moran (Churchville, Pa.) | Administrator
Charlotte Moran was involved with youth soccer for 30 years as an administrator in nearly every way possible — helping advance the game at the local, state, regional and national levels. Her contributions to the game began when she worked as a team manager and grew through the years to soccer’s biggest stage, as she was a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2003 Women’s World Cup’s Philadelphia venue. Read the full profile here.
Jon and Connie Bivens (Upland, Calif.) | Meritorious
Jon and Connie Bivens’ involvement in youth soccer began as parents nearly 40 years ago when they were “drafted” as a coach, referee and team mom. From that point on, their influence on the game and their love of soccer continued to grow. Read the full profile here.
For more information about the Hall of Fame and the US Youth Soccer Workshop, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.