Two More Roughriders Will Enter The Soccer Hall Of Fame
Gordon and Bell make total number of eight to enter hall for YC
Two more members of the Yavapai College soccer program will be inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. Standout goal scorer Alan Gordon and long-time Assistant Coach Hugh Bell will join 44 other coaches, contributors and players already named in the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. Bell will be entering the hall as a contributor. He and Larry Povia of Mercer County CC (NJ) will become the first assistant coaches inducted. They will be officially honored, along with five other new inductees, at the NJCAA Division One National Tournament Soccer Banquet in Phoenix on November 19.
Alan Gordon (2000-2001) accounted for over 100 points in his two seasons at Yavapai College. He was named to the NSCAA All-America Team and the NJCAA National All-Tournament Team as a forward. He was named to the First Team All-Pacific Team during his 2002 and 2003 seasons at Oregon State University. He was also the A-League Rookie of the Year in 2004 while playing for the Portland Timbers. He signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in August 2004 and is currently in his fifth season with the Major League Soccer Team.
Hugh Bell has coached junior college soccer for over 20 years at Scottsdale Community and Yavapai College. He has been Yavapai’s only Assistant Coach since the program’s inception in 1989, working closely with Yavapai’s only Head Soccer Coach, Mike Pantalione. The Roughriders have captured six national championships, with three coming in the ‘90s and three this decade. In 2003, he was honored with the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award and has also been named a finalist for the NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Eight Roughriders in the Soccer Hall of Fame (the most inducted from any NJCAA school):
Coach (1): Mike Pantalione (1989-current, head coach) Note: first active coach ever inducted along with Charlie Inverso from Mercer County CC.
Contributor (1): Hugh Bell (1992-current, assistant coach) Note: first assistant coach ever inducted along with Larry Povia from Mercer County CC.
Players (6): Edson Rico (1989, 1990 forward), Jose Corona (1990, 1991 defender), Darren Clare (1992, 1993 defender), Avery John (1994, 1995 defender), Kelvin Jack (1997, 1998 goalkeeper), Alan Gordon (2001-2002 forward). Note: Yavapai has the most players inducted with six. The next school is Mercer County CC with three.
The 2008 NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees:
Coaches (0): none
Contributors (2): Hugh Bell, Yavapai College Assistant Coach; Larry Povia, Mercer County CC (NJ) Assistant Coach.
Players (5): Alan Gordon, Yavapai College Forward; Jesus Ledesma, Tyler JC (Tex.) Midfielder, Bill Andracki, Mercer County (NJ) Goalkeeper, Pepe Aragon, Herkimer County (NY) Defender, Hugo LaReservee, Spartanburg Methodist (SC) Defender.