The University of Mary Washington's men's soccer program has established an endowment named for Roy M. Gordon to honor and celebrate his exemplary career as a coach, assistant athletic director, and member of the faculty of the University of Mary Washington. The endowment supports the men's soccer program, enhancing the student/athlete's experience at UMW and paying tribute to Coach Gordon.
Roy Gordon served the University of Mary Washington and its intercollegiate athletics program, especially the men's soccer program, with distinction, dedication, and loyalty for 34 years. He founded two varsity athletic programs - men's soccer in 1977 and men's tennis in 1978 - and, under his leadership, these teams achieved unparalleled success. During his tenure as head coach of men's tennis, the team won 171 matches in 22 years, claimed five Capital Athletic Conference championships, four VITA state championships, and made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1997. Gordon's men's soccer teams captured 386 total wins, won eight Capital Athletic Conference titles, and advanced to nine NCAA tournaments. Since the Eagles made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1985, their cumulative record under Gordon's leadership was 329-133-33, for an outstanding .698 percent.
One of the most respected college soccer coaches in the nation, Gordon has repeatedly earned regional and national awards. He was named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year eight times (in 2009 he was CAC Co-coach of the Year), selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year on five occasions, and named Virginia State College Division Coach of the Year an impressive four times. Only eight coaches in NCAA Division III history have 400 or more career wins, and Gordon joined that elite group in 2007 by securing 432 career wins.
Coach Gordon has advanced the sport of soccer on a regional and national level through devoted leadership with the Capital Athletic Conference as well as with organizations such as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), which boasts a membership of more than 25,000. He served as the CAC men's soccer chairman from the league's inception in 1991 until 2000. With the NSCAA, Gordon served terms on its South Region and National Rankings Committees, served as the national convention program coordinator for six years before being elected to its executive committee, and in 1999, he was elected the NSCAA's 50th president. Most notably, Gordon received the NSCAA's prestigious Honor Award in 2009.
The establishment of the Roy M. Gordon Endowment is a great honor for Coach Gordon and his family. He has impacted many lives on and off the field and given so much to the soccer community. We hope you will consider supporting this endowment by making your gift today in honor of Coach Gordon. Please be sure to allocate your gift to "other" and enter the "Roy M. Gordon Endowment" in the text box. We appreciate your support of this endowment and of all UMW student athletes.
Men's Soccer Coach
Assistant Athletic Director