50 Years of AB Soccer Honored During Weekend-Filled Events

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – During the weekend of October 16-17, Alderson Broaddus celebrated the 50th anniversary of offering soccer on campus. President Richard Shearer, who fired his cannon for every goal our soccer team scored back in the 60s and 70s, is credited for bringing the sport to AB.
 
The weekend was a special one for the men who played soccer over multiple generations at AB. Thanks to a committee consisting of current employees, former coaches, and former players, an all-star team of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Battlers was named and honored with a banquet.
 
“Long before football; there was soccer at AB,” said Jay E. Nussel, vice president for institutional advancement, who acted as Master of Ceremonies during the banquet. “Long before Homecoming featured a halftime celebration; there was soccer at AB. It is time to celebrate this legacy of men’s soccer.”
 
Darrell Saunders and Bob Gray were named as honorary coaches for the All-50 Year Team. The entire All 50 Year Team is listed below. More than 20 were able to attend a jam packed Lobby of Burbick Hall to receive a small memento of the honor. According to Vice President Nussel, there were some especially moving moments that evening. 
 
A moment of silence for the deceased members of the team and speeches by Bob Gray and Darrell Saunders were particularly poignant. A special tribute to the recently deceased President Richard Shearer by his son-in-law Dick Wilson and the gift of Coach Saunders’ NAIA Hall of Fame Plaque were very pleasant surprises.
 
“The weekend continued on Saturday with over 60 participants in the Alumni Game where it is reported that there were no serious injuries but that Ibuprofen was on most every participant’s mind,” said Nussel jokingly. 
 
Later on that evening, an alumni tailgate party was held immediately before the highly regarded current AB Men’s Varsity Team took on Salem International. 
 
“Perhaps the most important part of the weekend’s activities was the simple opportunity for old teammates to reconnect, tell stories, and thank the coaches that made 50 years of soccer possible,” said Nussel.  “These relationships are life-long. The friendships are enduring. And the memories are nothing short of priceless. Fifty years of soccer is something to celebrate not just at a banquet or a weekend, but something to celebrate for generations to come.”
Craig Brady
McIver Broomes
Ramon Christian 
John Cole
Peter Curtis
John Davies
Ian Day
Dwight Donaldson
Chris Doran 
John Durkot
Rich Eaton
Chris Fermanis
Joe Ficerai
Harold Fink
John Fogle
Barrington Gaynor
Larry Goodrich
John Granish
Bob Gray
Kenneth Hibshman
Michael Hince
Dennis Hutchinson
Ricky Johnson
Dan Kelly
David Lamport
Denny Laskey
David Leckie
Zach Marshall
Ian McAra
Jose Noriega
Keith Oliver
Reggie Patter
Kirk Pearson
Johnny Perrina
Mick Rawlins
Doug Rhodes
David Rhodes
Darrell Saunders
Hans Schubert
Dave Smith
Theodore Stoev
Peter Tarasi
Aubrey Taylor
Oswald Taylor
Gil Vainshtein
Jim Walmsley 
Gary White
John Williams
Dick Wilson
Mike Wilson
Ed Yohman
Frank Alphonso
Rich Alphonso
Eric Belcher 
Ryan Burr
Martyn Conquest
Chris Grassie
Rich Groff
Dave Harvey
Rich Hochmuth
Ted Kinghorn
Kevin Lake
Mick Moloney
Ron Nentwig
Harry Orbin
Bill Parysz
Butch Pavucek
Taylor Pile 
Jan Piotrowski
Paul Rayment
Sean Ryan
Dexter Sandy
Grant Springer
Mitch St. Clair
Shinya Turley
John Bressanelli
William Burns
John Cehily
Barrington Gaynor 
John Granish
Robert Higginbotham
Terry Jones
John Metzler
Earnest Orr
Stephen Packosky
Frank Persampieri
Preston Rader