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Youth Division Announces Hall of Fame


PA West Soccer Youth Division is happy to announce its inaugural class to the PA West Soccer Hall of Fame.  The class recognizes those who were crucial to the creation and growth of the state association during its 40 plus years.

Those comprising the inaugural class of the Youth Hall of Fame are:

Steve Beckman – Steve Beckman served as President of PA West Soccer’s Adult Division from 1994-2009.  He was an originally part of the PA West Soccer Board of Directors when it was a youth state and assumed the role at the helm of the Adult Division when the joint state association was created.  Beckman was also an integral part of the formation and growth of the Dynamo Soccer Club. 

Tom Beecher – Tom Beecher came to the PA West Soccer Board of Directors as Treasurer following time as President of Pittsburgh Strikers. He also served as interim Classic League Director and was a member at-large on the Youth Board. He remains an active referee and instructor.

Sam Cho – Sam Cho has served the game in a variety of referee roles.  He was also a founding member of the Dynamo Soccer Club.  Most recently he was a national assessor US Soccer.

Brandon James – Brandon James was President of PA West Soccer replacing June Stroop during her service as Region 1 Sub-Region Director from 1989-1990.  He has also served as a referee instructor and assessor.

Stan Hunter – Stan Hunter served on the PA West Soccer Board of Directors first as the South-Member At Large and then the VP-Youth.  He held the latter post from 1995 through 2010.  He created the Open Tournament and served as its director seeing it outgrow the fields at Slippery Rock necessitating the move to Edinboro from 1988-1993. He also served on the Constitution and Bylaw Committee creating the governing document that was approved in 1999.  He still coaches and referees while holding a D License and grade 8 referee certification.

John Matter – John Matter served PA West Soccer in a variety of referee positions throughout his many years.  He served as State Referee Administrator on two separate stints the most recent ending in 2012.

Larry Solomon – Larry Solomon was President of PA West Soccer Association from 1999-2007.  Prior to becoming President, he served on the association Board of Directors from 1988.  He was instrumental in the creation and growth of the Dynamo Soccer Club.  He also served as PA West Soccer’s State Referee Administrator, was a referee instructor, assessor and assignor.

June Stroup – June Stroup was President of the PA West Soccer from 1980-1989 and from 1990-1997.  She served two years as Region I Deputy Director. She was also active in Adult Soccer and is a member of the US Adult Soccer Hall of Fame.

John Wilcher – John Wilcher was one of the founding fathers of PA West Soccer and served as its first President from 1975 through 1980.  He moved on to become the Region I Sub-regional Director.  Following his tenure with Region I he returned to form the Lake District from what was a much larger West District.  He served as its initial Director on the PA West Soccer Youth Board.




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