Peggy Neason, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, Administrator
While her beginnings can be traced back to the simple desire to coach her kids and become a referee, Peggy Neason has now become synonymous with Western Pennsylvania youth soccer and was instrumental in the creating of TOPSoccer and its implementation across Western Pennsylvania.
Neason is the current state referee administrator for PA West Soccer and runs a referee training program for leagues of all ages. Neason has previously served as the Region I Director on the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Committee, but is known to her TOPSoccer team simply as “Coach Peg” and credits her happiest moments on the soccer scene to the TOPSoccer program.
Neason has also served on the PA West Executive Board as a Member At-Large, where her influence and desire to better youth soccer in the Pennsylvania was bested by none. Like fellow 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, Evelyn Gill, Neason is quick to preach that soccer is the game for all kids, and that is what makes the game so special.
In addition to her endless work with PA West’s TOPSoccer program, Neason has also worked with the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. Neason believes fully in coaching from your heart, which in turn allows every player to be treated equally and be able to enjoy the game she loves. While the idea of being selected to the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame may not have been on her mind when she first started, it is obvious she has done more than enough to be worthy of such a distinction.
VIDEO: Neason Inducted into US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame