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Hall of Fame Spotlight - Steve Weeman (2000)

Steve Weeman's vision for soccer in Georgia began with the co-founding of the Fayette County Youth Soccer League alongside Don Kemp.

Weeman, with the help of numerous dedicated volunteers, guided the creation of the soccer complex at McCurry Park, organized and worked on the installation and maintenance of the fields, the landscaping and the construction of the concession building.  He handled the scheduling for the Fayette, Clayton, Peachtree City, Coweta, Griffin and Fulton County leagues, was the scorekeeper for all of the competitions and the source of information for all of these cooperating leagues.

In 1983, he formed and coached the first Classic Division team south of Atlanta, the Fayette Lightning. When single-year age groups began, he convinced the Fayette, Clayton and Peachtree City leagues to merge and become the South Metro Lightning Soccer Club, now known as AFC Lightning. 

The inaugural 1984 season brought together five teams: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 16U. This club is now one of the largest and most-notable in the state.

In 1988, Weeman persuaded a group of investors to start Soccer Centre, Inc., an indoor soccer arena. He helped design it and built the dasher boards as well.

In 1990, Weeman and AFC Lightning's volunteers aimed to take the club to the next level and hired David "Chaddy" Chadwick as their Director of Coaching. The payoff was immediate. Chaddy coached the '74s to a Georgia Classic Division Championship.

By the mid-nineties, Weeman had stepped back from club leadership, but took the reigns as President in 1997. During his 20 years with the club, he instituted an Executive Director and the club brought home numerous State and National Championship wins. In 2000, he was inducted into the Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame.

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