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New Jersey coach named to Soccer HOF

Updated: December 1, 2008, 12:09 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Gene Chyzowych of Columbia (N.J.) will become the seventh high school soccer coach inducted to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, the NSCAA recently announced.


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Chyzowych will be added to the NSCAA Hall along with former Seattle Pacific University coach Cliff McCarth as the 45th and 46th members of the elite coaching fraternity. They will be honored at the Associationšs awards banquet Jan. 16, as part of the 2009 NSCAA Convention in St. Louis. They will be enshrined at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., the weekend of Aug. 1, 2009.

Chyzowych, an active coach, has a career record of 719-180-69 in 45 years at Columbia with four state championships and 24 conference titles. Chyzowych was instrumental in the creation of the NSCAA high school boys soccer rankings in the 1980s.

He has twice been honored as the NSCAA Boys High School National Coach of the Year (1986 and 1990). His coaching career includes stints with the U.S. National and U.S. Olympic teams.

The following is a list of other high school coaches in the Hall:
Miller Bugliari, Pingry School (N.J.)
Ray Buss, Fleetwood (Pa.)
Ebbie Dunn, St. Louis University High (Mo.)
George Ritchie, Wethersfield (Conn.)
Robert Robinson, Lower Merion (Pa.)
Paul Sanderson, Suffield (Conn.)

Sheldon Shealer is the soccer editor of ESPN RISE.com. You can reach him by e-mail, sheldon.shealer@espn.com.

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