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Recently inducted as a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Parlow Cone was the sole candidate to complete the nomination process in order to run for the office of the Vice President. Parlow Cone’s term will last one year as she assumes the office that was vacated when former Vice President Carlos Cordeiro was elected as President last February at the 2018 U.S. Soccer AGM. Once the current term is finished next year, the Vice-Presidential election for a full, four-year term will be held at the 2020 National Council Meeting.

“I am grateful to be able to continue to serve our great game as U.S. Soccer Vice President,” said Parlow Cone. “I believe with my extensive knowledge of, and experience working in, the soccer landscape of our country, from grassroots to the international level, I will help U.S. Soccer continue to build, develop, and grow soccer in the United States at every level.”

Parlow Cone’s election as U.S. Soccer VP is the latest step in an impressive career that began as a star forward with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1996-2004, and title-winning coach at the grassroots, collegiate and professional levels. During the past 20 years, she has served on U.S. Soccer’s Referee Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, Appeals Committee and the Athletes’ Council as well as more recently with U.S. Soccer’s Youth Task Force.


Thanks to Larry Bosc, who traveled to last year’s FIFA World Cup 2018
in Russia and provided us with a narrative of his experiences:




The names of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2019 inductees have been released.  They are Susan Ellis and John Kerr, Jr. of Chapel Hill and Sandra Serafini of Durham.  Duke University Men’s Soccer Program and the 1996 Greensboro United Soccer Association Navy Capture Girls soccer team will be inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame’s National Champions Hall of Honor.

The 22nd Annual North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Marriott Winston-Salem Hotel.

Susan Ellis played at the high school, college and national team levels and now she competes in over-50 leagues.  Her passion for playing soccer has led to a career in coaching, where she has successfully coached, taught and mentored thousands of girls of all ages and levels.  A natural athlete, Susan was recruited to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In her freshman year, she helped lead UNC to win the first AIAW National Championship.  With the formation of the NCAA National Championship in her sophomore year, Susan led the Tar Heels to three consecutive national championships, captaining the team in her senior year.  After graduation, she was selected to the USA Women’s National Team in 1984 and coached with the Raleigh Wings professional team, which won USL Division 1 national championships in 1998 and 1999, and with the Carolina Courage professional team, which moved from last place in 2002 to champion in 2003 of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA).  Susan presently teaches and coaches at Durham Academy, where she has led the girls’ team to five conference championships.

John Kerr, Jr is a retired soccer midfielder who played professionally in the United States, Canada, England, France and Northern Ireland during a much-traveled and varied playing career.  In 1986, as a member of the Duke University team, John was named the Hermann Award winner as the top collegiate player of the year.  During his four years with the Blue Devils he was a two-time All American.  In 1986, the year that he won the Hermann Award, he was the captain of the Duke team that won the NCAA Division 1 national championship, finishing his collegiate career with 42 goals and 43 assists for 127 points, totals that rank fifth, second and third, respectively, all-time at Duke.  He also earned sixteen caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team and is currently head coach of the Duke University men’s soccer team.  The son of Scottish footballer John Kerr, Sr., John won the 1984 James P. McGuire Cup with Montgomery United and in 1986, while playing the collegiate off-season with his father’s Fairfax Spartans, he won the National Amateur Cup.

Sandra Serafini became certified as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) referee in 1998 and as a National Intercollegiate referee in 1999 and was the first from North Carolina to serve on the FIFA Panel of Women Referees from 2006 – 2009.  Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she became certified in Washington State and moved to North Carolina in 2000, where she advanced through the referee ranks and represented North Carolina within the region and nationally at various tournaments and events.  In 2004, Sandra received the NCYSA/NCSRA Adult Referee of the Year Award for outstanding and significant service in officiating youth soccer matches.  She has also been recognized with TISOA’S William Utter Service Award and NISOA’s Regional Referee of the Year Award.  She officiated multiple college conference finals, NCAA Final Fours, men’s and women’s domestic professional leagues, and international events in North America, Europe, and Asia.  She currently serves with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and as co-manager of the Development Group.  She served as a Triangle Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (TISOA) board member and Director of Education for several years.

The Duke University Men’s Soccer Program began in 1930 and competed in the 1982, 1986 and 1995 national championship games.  Duke defeated the University of Akron 1-0 to win the 1986 NCAA Division 1 national championship title under head coach John Rennie.


The 1996 Greensboro United Soccer Association Navy Girls Soccer Team won the United States Youth Soccer Association Presidents Cup Under-15 Girls national championship in 2012.



Congratulations to Charlie Slagle, who recently published a book,  “Soccer Smarts: 75 Skills, Tactics, & Mental Exercises to Improve Your Game.”   A long-time soccer coach and administrator, Charlie’s stellar reputation in the world of soccer and on-field wisdom make his new book, Soccer Smarts, inspiring for soccer players of all ages. Believing that sports should be fun, every chapter has motivational tips and quotes along with the tactics and strategies for play.

NOTE:  Picking up on Charlie’s publication of his book, a new tab, Featured NCSHOF Authors, on the website will be considered.



Congratulations to John Rennie, after whom the John Rennie Nike Invitational was renamed in 2012 in its 31st year.  The collegiate men’s soccer tournament hosted by Duke was started in 1982 as the Duke Soccer Invitational.  Over the course of history, the weekend-long event played at Duke University in Durham has featured some of the best players, coaches and teams in the college game and has been renamed several times, most recently (2008-2011) as the Nike Classic.



Congratulations to Ray Alley, who was one of four high school coaches recently named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Field of Honor, the organization’s Hall of Fame. Coaches are inducted based on their success on the field and their service in promoting high school soccer at State, Regional and National levels.



Congratulations to UNC-CH Women’s Head Coach Anson Dorrance, who recently earned his 1000th career collegiate coaching victory.



Congratulations to Janice Kennedy, whose husband George was inducted posthumously on September 17 into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame and on September 20 into the Western Guilford High School’s Athletics Hall of Fame.



Congratulations and thank you to Doug Kidd, who stepped down this summer after serving as President for 21 years of the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.



Congratulations to Lee Horton and Curt Johnson, graduates of Raleigh’s Ravenscroft, who were recently highlighted in the school’s Summer 2018 Ravenscroft Magazine for their continued achievements and contributions to soccer in North Carolina.




Cindy Parlow Cone was inducted to the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017!

Frisco, Texas – (May 31, 2018) – The National Soccer Hall of Fame introduced its 2018 class today with a series of surprise announcements in five different cities across the country. The newest members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame include Cindy Parlow Cone (veteran), Dr. Bob Contiguglia (builder), Brad Friedel (player), Don Garber (builder, elected in 2016 but deferred enshrinement to 2018) and Tiffeny Milbrett (player).      Read More…



On May 12, many soccer-loving kids from NCFC Youth were the center of attention. During halftime of the NC Courage’s match against the Washington Spirit, hundreds of NCFC Youth soccer players took the field at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park to be recognized as the North Carolina Football Club honored the 2018 Spring Hamilton Award winners.  An additional Hamilton Night will take place later in the season at an NCFC game to honor the 2018 Fall Hamilton Award winners.

Named in honor of the late Pat B. Hamilton, a co-founder of the Raleigh Soccer League, a predecessor of the Capital Area Soccer League, and past president of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, the award is given to one player on each North Carolina FC Youth team who “exhibits all qualities of sportsmanship, including a positive attitude, respect, teamwork and love of the game.”


Jennifer Shaye Plante, National Champions Hall of Honor, Class of 2013

Congratulations to Jennifer Shaye Plante, who was inducted into the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame on April 12. Jennifer was a player on the 1977 Raleigh Spartans, National Champions Hall of Honor, Class of 2013. The team won the 1995 Under-18 Division of the United States Youth Soccer Association.

An article about the honor bestowed on Jennifer appeared in the Jacksonville Daily News newspaper:

CLASS of 2018






North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 was inducted on January 27, 2018. 

Dr. Woody Gibson taught and was an Athletic Director at High Point University where he coached men’s soccer for 22 years, accumulating a record of 211-138-27 and seven conference championships. His teams were nationally ranked nine times in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 20 polls. He was named NAIA Coach of the Year for the conference six times; for the district four times; and once as area Coach of the Year. Woody served on numerous NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) boards and committees and was one of the founding coaches of the North Carolina Olympic Development program.

Kathy Robinson has over 30 years’ continuous service to North Carolina youth soccer on local, state, regional, and national levels. She has been Executive Director of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) and its over 90 member organizations since 1994 during which time membership growth has nearly doubled. She is on the board of the NC Soccer Hall of Fame and is a corporate officer of the NC Soccer Referees Association, Inc. She is the state representative for Regional and National youth soccer competitions and has brought three regional competitions and one national competition to North Carolina. Kathy served on the National Strategic Planning Committee to ensure the place of recreational soccer.

Rob Wilcher has a 28 year career as both a girls and boys high school soccer coach at both Freedom and T.C. Roberson High Schools. With three boys’ state championships and an accumulated coaching record of 1026-198-54, Rob has been Coach of the Year for the state eight times; for the South Region and National twice each; and Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He is a founder of the High School State Games and served on the NC Soccer Coaches Association Board. Rob played soccer at Appalachian State University and was inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Susan Ellis
Sandra Serafini
John Kerr
Kathy Robinson
Rob Wilcher
Dr. Woody Gibson
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