Long-time University of Mary Washington men's soccer coach Roy
Gordon is among the inductees in the 2012 class in the
Virginia-D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. Gordon, along with four others,
will be inducted at ceremonies on February 3.
Gordon will be inducted along with former players Sonny Askew and Dante Washington, veteran Joe "Eric" Bear, and Bob Childs. Previous inductees include Bruce Arena, John Harkes, Mia Hamm, and Marco Etcheverry.
Gordon started the Mary Washington program from scratch in 1977 and went on to capture 386 victories on the Eagle sideline. Combined with the 46 victories he gained as head coach at the University of Maine-Farmington, he ranks among the elite in all of college soccer with career 432 wins.
An eight-time Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Gordon was selected as National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year five times, and as Virginia State College Division Coach of the Year on four occasions. He was named the CAC's Co-Coach of the Year in 2009.
Along the way, Gordon's teams achieved unparalleled success, with a 432-253-53 career record. In 2007, Gordon became one of just eight coaches in NCAA Division III history with 400 wins. Since the Eagles made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1985, their cumulative record was 329-133-33, for an outstanding .698 winning percentage. UMW advanced to nine NCAA Tournaments since 1985, winning eight CAC titles during that time.
One of the most respected soccer coaches in the nation, Gordon has continued to be very active on the national soccer scene. Gordon served as the national convention program coordinator for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for six years before being elected to the executive committee. In 1999, he became the 50th president of the 25,000-member NSCAA. He continues to be active with the NSCAA, working with the national convention organizing committee. He served as the CAC men's soccer chairman from the league's inception in 1991 until 2000. Gordon also has served terms on the NSCAA South Region and National Rankings Committees. In 2009, Gordon was the recipient of the NSCAA's prestigious Honor Award.