PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The New England Soccer Hall of Fame, which has recognized the region's best players, coaches, referees, executives, and builders since 1978, has announced its 2013 class of inductees, which includes former Brown men's soccer head coach Cliff Stevenson.
The inductees will be honored during the Hall's 36th Annual Induction Ceremony on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Hilltop Hotel in Seekonk, Mass. The ceremony will start at 1:00pm.
Cliff Stevenson is regarded as one of the most distinguished coaches in college soccer history after a remarkable 38-season tenure at Brown University. From 1960-90, the Bears clinched 15 conference titles, including six straight from 1963-68. Between 1966 and 1968, the Bears ran a remarkable 26-game unbeaten streak, but were precluded from participating in the NCAA tournament due to the Ivy League's refusal to adhere to a NCAA ruling.
His influence on high school soccer in the Ocean State was undeniable; through his tireless efforts, soccer was offered at every state high school by the time he retired in 1990 despite the fact that the sport was rarely offered at the high school level when he started at Brown. Stevenson wasn't just a coach or advocate for the sport, either; he was an innovator as well, who introduced the now-classic black and white paneled soccer ball, as well as the introduction of ball boys and ball girls to help speed up the game at the college level. Stevenson compiled a career 299-176-12 record in college soccer. A testament of his legacy isn't hard to find at Brown, as the school soccer stadium was christened "Stevenson Field" in 1979.
Joining Stevenson as members of this year's New England Soccer Hall of Fame class are former Rhode Island Oceaneers midfielder Juan Cano, Western Mass Pioneers club president Celso Correia, longtime USSF referee George Cortes, former Providence College men's soccer coach Bill Doyle, South Center Premier president Andrea Duffy, former University of Rhode Island men's soccer coach Geza Henni, longtime youth administrator Kathy Palmeiro and PROJECT GOAL co-founder Darius Shirzadi.
Information about the induction dinner, which is open to the public, is available at nesoccerhall.com or by contacting Chairman of the Board Joseph Sousa at firstname.lastname@example.org.