History of The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame
The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame held it's 1st Annual Dinner in 1971 when Bob Burnes was one of the first Soccer personalities to be inducted that year.
St. Louis has a long history as one of the major hotbeds of Soccer in the United States. During the early years of Soccer, St. Louis was the Western outpost of the major Soccer regions, as immigrant communities brought their game to the major industrial center of the country. Unlike other regions, St. Louis was known mostly for the major amateur clubs that achieved national distinction in the U.S. Open Cup and National Amateur Cup during the middle part of the 20th century. Between 1920 and 1957, six different teams won the U.S. Open Cup. Later, as the amateur circuit faded in prominence, St. Louis enjoyed distinction as a hotbed for College Soccer as St. Louis University won a string of consecutive NCAA titles during the 1960’s. Success at the amateur level paid off in bigger ways, as St. Louis players had a prominent rule on the National Team. There were 6 players plus the assistant coach who were on the team that defeated England in the 1950 World Cup that were from St. Louis. In fact, every World Cup squad had at least one St. Louis player on its roster. In addition, twenty-nine (29) St. Louis Soccer personalities are enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
When the North American Soccer League began play in 1967, the St. Louis Stars, a charter franchise, pioneered a developmental policy that emphasized recruitment and development of local American talent, bucking the league’s trend towards employing aging international stars. More recently, St. Louis has been primarily known for its indoor Soccer teams, and the city’s importance in the national Soccer scene has been muted as fans look for the possibility of a Major League Soccer team to bring the region back into prominence. But the city still enjoys a reputation as a key part in the development of U.S. Soccer throughout the early years of the sport in the country.
The Executive Board
Jim Leeker - President
Jim was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1998.
1969 St. Louis University NCAA Champions
St. Louis University Hall of Fame Member
1970 North American Soccer League Rookie of the Year
1972 Khoury Professional Player of the Year
Member of the Kutis Soccer Family since 1965
Member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Selection Committee since 2005 and became President in 2010. Jim received the Silver Boot Award in 2010.
Bud Oldani - 1st Vice President
Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008
POSITIONS PLAYED: All
1960 - 1963 Kutis II
1963 – 1965 Koeney-Toelle
1966 – 1968 L & L
1969 – 1972 Stag Beer
1960 St. Paul National Jr. Cup Champions
1968 L & L St. Louis League Champions
1973 – 1992 Coached Soccer
HONORS & AWARDS:
Took All Penalty Kicks for L & L and Stag Beer
Converted All Attempts during League and Cup Play
Joe Carenza - 2nd Vice President
Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003
POSITION PLAYED: Sweeper and Striker
1967 & 1968 Forest Park CC
Polish National Society
1968 St. Ambrose
1969 ? 1971 Our Lady of Sorrows CYC
1972 - 1975 Kutis
1976 ? 1980 Hacienda Washington University
1981 - 1982 Mastercraft
1983 ? 1994 Kutis
1994 Kutis CYC Budweiser Champions
1983 Kutis CYC Budweiser Champions
1983 Kutis US Open Cup Finalists
HONORS & AWARDS:
1967 Forest Park CC All American
Forest Park CC MVP
Forest Park CC Regional Tournament MVP
1968 Forest Park CC All American
1968 CYC Major League All-Star Team
Marty Templin - Treasurer
Marty was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.
He has been involved in Soccer on all levels in St. Louis.
In the late 60's and early 70’s he played Amateur Soccer for Kutis & Bilgere Construction. 1967 & 1968 he played Collegiate Soccer at Harris Teachers College & Forest Park. He also played for the St. Louis Frogs (Semi-Pro).
In the 1980’s he coached CYC Youth Ball.
Marty also refereed all levels of Amateur and Professional Soccer. He began his career as a referee in 1971 when he joined the MSHSAA. He officiated High School games until 2005. Marty refereed numerous State Championship games. He helped start the “Observers Program” for the MSHSAA and now serves as an observer of referees.
In 1972 he joined NISOA and officiated college games until 1999. During his career he also officiated numerous “Bronze Boot” games. In 1979 he refereed at the NCAA Final Four in Tampa, FL. Marty also officiated NCAA and NAIA games throughout the Midwest during his college refereeing career.
From 1972 to 1995, Marty refereed with the USSF refereeing seniors, juniors and other youth games both indoor and outdoor. During these years he also refereed USSF Amateur and Open Cup games in the Midwest.
He also refereed in the local CYC Major League (Senior) and CYC (Junior) Pepsi League.
From 1972 to 1982, Marty served as a Linesman (AR) in the NASL.
In 1980 he began his career in the MISL and continued until the league closed in 1993. He refereed numerous Championship Series as well as the 1985, 1986 and 1987 All-Star games.
In 1994 Marty refereed in the CISL (Continental Indoor Soccer League). At the end of the season he retired from the USSF.
Chuck Zoeller - Secretary
Chuck was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000. He began his career as a youth at Holy Rosary Parish in the mid 1950's. Later, he played with such teams as DeAndreis High School, Holy Rosary, Holy Rosary Seniors, St. Louis University and Kutis. Chuck was an offensive-style player who possesed a powerful left foot and could score as well as assist offense.
1964-65 Holy Rosary Junior City Champions
1964-65 DeAndreis High School All District
1963-65 DeAndreis High School State Record (career assists)
1965 Member of the U-19 US National Team
1966 Selected to CYC All-Stars (vs. Dundee of Scotland)
1966 US Olympic Trials in Chicago
1966-67 MVP Award - CYC Major Soccer League
1967 & 69 St. Louis University NCAA Champions
1967 Kutis Missouri Open Cup Champions
1968 First round draft choice for the St. Louis Stars (NASL)
1968-69 Kutis Missouri Amateur Cup Champions
1971 Kutis Missouri Amateur Cup Champions
1971 Kutis US Amateur Cup Champions
1982-1990 Our Lady of Sorrows Soccer Youth Program Director
Rich Meisemann - Emeritus
Rich was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in 1984. He was President of the HOF from 2005-2010 and is currently a Director of the HOF. He is one of only a few members who is in the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Baseball Hall of Fame. He played and lived Soccer his whole life, living right across the street from Carondelet Park and next door to Carondelet Sunday Morning Athletic Club (CSMAC), there was always a Soccer game to join in. Rich has been a parishioner of St. Stephen Protomatyr for 40 years. He has played on many Championship teams and here are his accomplishments:
2010 Recipient of the Gold Boot Award
1947 Played with St. Boniface Parochial Division Champions
1951 Played with SECO National Junior Division Champions
1952 Played with St. Louis Raiders National Amateur Cup Champions
1955 Played with Kutis and beat Nuernberg 3-2
1956 Played with Kutis and beat Eintracht 3-0
1956-62 Played with 6 Kutis National Amateur Cup Champions
1957 Played with Kutis and lost to Kaiserslautern 5-2
1957 Played with Kutis National Open Cup Champions
Coached CSMAC Junior Soccer for 15 years
Rev Thomas Robertson
Fr. Robertson is the Chaplain of The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame
Bill Becher - Committee
Bill was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992. He played in the late 1950's with St. Phillip Neir, Jr. and from 1961-1973 he played with St. Augustine, Keeney-Toelle, Garza, Pat Kenny, and L&L. Bill also coached from 1970-1985 including Norco and St. Christopher Parish. Bill has served as President of the Norco Soccer Club since 1986.
Ed Cody - Committee
Ed was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1994.
Hard working halfback starred with Noel Tire, Northwestern, Kutis II, Garza, Pat Kenny, L&L and Mattingly's. Played on 7 championship teams and is still playing indoor Soccer.
Bill Daues - Committee
Bill Daues started his coaching career at Washington University as an assistant coach for four (4) years. He spent his next ten (10) years at Maryville University as head coach before joining Whitfield.
Bill joined Whitfield as Athletic Director & Head Boys Varsity Soccer coach in 1989, some twenty-two (22) years ago. All twenty-two (22) years have been at the same high school. Whitfield is a small private school located on Mason Road in West St. Louis County. Bill’s record stands at 329 wins, 196 loses, and 49 ties, (this does not count games this season). His teams at Whitfield have won the MSHSAA Class 1 State Championship in the following years; 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010. The year 2005 found Bill and his Whitfield players finishing 2nd. The MSHSAA had a different name for Whitfield’s class in 1999, it was called Class 1A—3A and they finished 2nd place that year likewise. Bill and his “Warriors” have been crowed District Champions twelve (12) times in his 22 years coaching. Many of Bills opposing coaches and state officials have said that Bill gets the most out of his players and knows how to get his players “game day ready”, they are prepared for their game. Whitfield plays against all classes not just schools in their class (Class 1).
Bill has been named MSHSAA coach of the year in his class, Class 1, on numerous occasions. He also received the National High School Coach of the Year from NISOA (National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association) in 2002.
In 2008 Bill was inducted into the “St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame” as a coach. Bill played this great game as a goalkeeper mainly but sometimes would play left wing forward (outside left for all of us OLD timers). He started playing early in life, like so many that came through the CYC program. At St. Anthony of Padua, in south St. Louis, his first coach was “Dinty” Moore who was the first president of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame.
Bill was also inducted into the “Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame” in 2009. He is one of just a few that are in both Soccer & Baseball HOF’S.
Bill’s wife, Joyce and two children, Kirk and Colleen have been very supportive over the years. He is a great educator and student of the game we all love.
Mark Demling - Committee
POSITIONS PLAYED: Center Back
1970-71 St. Philip Neri
1970- 73 St. Louis University
1972-73 Big Four Chevrolet
1976 San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
1977 San Francisco Greek American’s
1978 San Francisco Scot’s
1974-78 San Jose Earthquake’s (NASL)
1978-79 San Diego Socker’s (NASL)
1981 San Francisco Fog (MISL)
1970-71 St. Philip Neri
1973-74 Big Four Chevrolet
1970, 72, 73 St. Louis University National Champions (NCAA)
1971 St. Louis University Runner-Ups
1976 San Jose Earthquake Southern Div. Champs (NASL)
HONORS & AWARDS:
1970, 72, 73 St. Louis University NCAA Champions
1971-72 Big Four Chevrolet Missouri Open Cup Champions
ANNUALLY: Mark Demling Dedication Award At
St. Louis University Soccer Banquet
2008-09 Kutis (Over 50)
1982-87 St. Ambrose
1975-78 Quincy College
1982 St. Ambrose Missouri Amateur Cup Finalist
1978 Ziegenhein Missouri Amateur Cup Champions
1977 Ziegenhein Missouri Open Cup and Midwest Regional Champions
1975-77-78 Quincy College NAIA National Champions Semi-Finalist 1976
1976-77-81 CYC Major League Cup Champions
Honors and Awards:
1979 CYC Sportsmanship Award
St. Louis Budweiser All-Star Team
1978 Quincy College Best Attacker and Tri-Captain
1977 Quincy College NAIA National Tournament Champion Team
Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010 and became
a Hall of Fame Committee Member in 2012.
Larry Donovan - Committee
Larry was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.
He began his career as a referee in 1964 with the C.Y.C. and Khoury Leagues. Joined the MSHSAA in 1972 and worked High School soccer games until 2001. Served as the Rules Interpreter for twenty years and is currently the Referee Observer for High School Boys and Girls soccer. Larry has refereed eight High School Championship games.
Began officiating College games in 1973 with NISOA and retired in 1999 after twenty seven seasons. Larry worked the Division I National Championship game in 1991 and has worked seven other Final Four games, including two Division III National Championships and two NAIA National Championships, one Division II Semi-Final and one NJCAA National Championship. Larry was selected as the Referee for the 1989 Senior Bowl .
Larry has worked two National Finals for USSF Open and Amateur Cups in 1989 and 1990. He also worked as an Assistant Referee in the MISL for ten years and was a Referee for the AISA for four years.
Overall Larry has worked 15 Division I tournaments, 10 Division II tournaments, 8 Division III tournaments,
2 NAIA tournaments and 16 Conference tournaments during his career.
Larry received the Silver Boot Award from the C.Y.C. in 2002 and was selected as the Referee of the Year in 2000 by the National Federation Officials Association.
Larry is also a member of the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Gary Guarino - Committee
Player forward for 15 years
St. Louis University NCAA 1974-1978
Imos Pizza SC CYC Major League 1976-1978
Ziegenhein SC CYC Major League 1978-1984
St. Ambrose SC CYC Major League 1985-1987
St. Louis University NCAA DIV 1 National Runner-up 1974
Ziegenhein SC Missouri Cup Champions 1978
Ziegenhein SC CYC Major League Champions 1982
St. Ambrose SC Missouri Amateur Cup Finalist 1985
Kutis O/50 National Veterans Cup Runner-up 2008
Kutis O/50 National Veterans Team 2006-2009
Inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame 2012
1978-81 Training Division Coach (5-7 year old co-ed)
1982-84 Northside Youth Assn. (U8, U10, and U11 girls)
1982 Coca-Cola SC (CYC U14 girls)
1984 Began coaching Sr. Women
1989-90 Norco SC (St. Louis Women’s Budweiser League)
1984 Northside Youth Assn. Girls U10 Khoury League Champs
1984 Northside Youth Assn. Girls U16 Khoury League Champs
1988 NORCO Girls U19 Missouri Challenge Cup Champs
And Region II Challenge Cup Champs
1989 NORCO Girls U16 Britt Murry State Cup Champs
1991 NORCO Sr. Women Missouri Amateur Cup Champs
1999 NORCO Girls U16 Missouri Challenge Cup Runner-Up
St. Louis Youth Soccer Association
St. Charles Youth Soccer Association
U.S. Youth Soccer Association
Leo was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007 and
became a Committee Member in 2014
Chester Kowalewski - Committee
Jim Kersting - Committee
Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003
POSITION PLAYED:Center Forward and Fullback
1967, St. Bartholemew
1969 – 1970, St. Ambrose
1971 – 1972, St. William
1973, Woodson City
1974 – 1980, Kutis
1968-1970, SIU Edwardsville
1968 St. Bartholemew CYC Major League Champions
1968 St. Bartholemew John Marre Cup Champions
1971- 1972 St. William CYC Major League Champions
1971 St. William John Marre Cup Champions
1974 – 1979 Kutis St. Louis League Champions
1977 Kutis MO Amaateur Cup Champions
1977 Kutis John Marre Cup Champions
1975, 79 Kutis MO Open Cup Champions
HONORS & AWARDS:
1972 CYC All-Star Team
Bill McDermott - Committee
Bill was induted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002. McDermott Joined ESPN at its inception in 1979 as the Network’s first soccer analyst. His career in soccer broadcasting dates back to 1970 when he covered the World Cup in Mexico for KMOX radio in St. Louis, MO. He has since reported on every World Cup for various radio and television stations including the 1994 and 1998 World Cups for ESPN, espn2 and ABC and the 2006 World Cup for XM Satellite Radio.
McDermott called the first soccer game televised on ESPN; a contest on October 18, 1979 matching UCLA against Saint Louis University at Washington University’s Francis Field. He served as an analyst and sideline reporter for Major League Soccer on ESPN, espn2 and ABC when the league began in 1996 until 2000. He is still active providing color analysis for the Columbus Crew of MLS since 2001 as well as St. Louis’ newest professional team, St. Louis Athletica of the WPS.
Bill has been involved in all levels of the sport since 1971. In 1997, he helped coach the St. Louis Busch Soccer Club U-19 girls to the National Semi-Finals and his U-18 Busch girls team won the Midwest Regional Championship and advanced to the National Finals in 2002. He received the Silver Boot from the CYC in 1995. McDermott has served as color commentator for the prestigious Dallas Cup for ESPN International. He has also called ESPN’s Italian Serie A games and in 1997 he was an on-air analyst for the network’s Nike Brazil World Victory Tour.
Bill McDermott is a 1970 graduate of Saint Louis University where he played for two of the University’s Championship Teams coached by Harry Keough and Val Pelizzaro. He also played on the United States National Junior Team in 1967. McDermott was inducted into the Saint Louis University Hall of Fame in 1994, the McBride High School Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 as a member of Saint Louis University’s NCAA Championship Teams. Prior to playing at McBride and Saint Louis University, he began his soccer playing years at St. Philip Neri in the CYC Program.
Over the years, Bill has served as the color analyst for the St. Louis Stars of the NASL, a commentator for the MISL and the voice of Saint Louis University Soccer since 1972.
McDermott and ESPN soccer play-by-play announcer Bob Ley received a local Emmy in 1987 for their coverage of the Cleveland Force of the MISL.
Born August 10, 1948 in St. Louis, McDermott is married and has three daughters. He owns a Graphic Design firm in St. Louis, specializing in Logos, Trademarks and Corporate Identity that began in 1976.
Ray Puricelli - Committee
Ray was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ray started playing Soccer in the late 1930's at St. Ambrose and played for 20 years until 1957 when an injury shortened his playing career. Bob Guelker invited him to start refereeing in 1958 for the CYC which lasted 20 years. In 1959, he began to referee High School and College Soccer, and is currently refereeing in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area. He received a recognition from NISOA (National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association) for outstanding contributions in the field of Intercollegiate Soccer in 1988. In the summer of 1967 he was called to referee games in NASL (North American Soccer League) and games there from 1967 until 1977, a total of ten years in the professional ranks. One of his greatest thrills was officiating games in which the New York Cosmos star player, Pele, played. Additionally, Ray has given many Soccer clinics to the South County area parishes and helped coach young Soccer teams at his parish, Most Precious Blood. Ray's total refereeing experience accounts for 48 years. Ray was awarded the Gold Boot in 2004.
2001-07 Kutis (Over 50)
1986 Kutis (Over 30)
1972 Drafted by the St. Louis Stars
1971-72 Quincy College
1969-70 University of Wyoming
1973 7-Up Soccer Club
1971-72 Our Lady of Sorrows
2001-02-07 Kutis (Over 50) National Semi-Finalists
1986 Kutis (Over 30) National Champion Runner-Up
1972 Quincy College NAIA National Runner-Up
1971 Quincy College NAIA National Champions
Honors and Awards:
1972 Selected First Senior Bowl
1971 Quincy College All-American
1970 University of Wyoming All-American
1992 Inducted into the Quincy University Hall of Fame
John is one of the leading forces behind the SPENSA soccer program
Inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011 and became a Committee Member in 2014
Tim Putnam - Committee
Chris Werstein - Comittee
Chris was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
1961-71 Active Player for:
Schumacher Wildcats Junior
Harris Teacher's College
1965-77 High School/Collegiate Referee
1975-77 NASL Linesman
1969-74 Assistant Soccer Coach at UMSL
1975-2003 Boy's and Girl's Soccer Coach at Mehlville High School