Two Roughriders Named To 2010 Soccer Hall Of Fame Class
(Courtesy of the Daily Courier)
The Yavapai College soccer program already boasts a record 10 members in the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame, including the program’s only-ever head coach, Mike Pantalione.
In November, it will become 12, as Michael Randolph and Maurice Hughes join the ranks of the greatest-ever junior college soccer players, coaches and administrators.
Hughes earned the Most Valuable Player award of the 2003 NJCAA National Tournament after leading YC to its second-straight national title while he was on the team. He helped both title causes, scoring a goal in each year’s title game.
All totaled, Hughes scored nine postseason goals for the Roughriders in his career and was named an All-American before continuing his career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Hughes went on to a stint in the professional United Soccer League, playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Randolph scored 22 goals for the Roughriders in his two-year career in 2004 and 2005, all coming from his left back position.
In 2005, Randolph racked up the postseason honors, being named to two different All-American teams as well as the NJCAA All Tournament team.
His professional career included stops in Portland and Miami in the United Soccer League’s Division One, as well as a two-year stint with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Yavapai duo joins seven other inductees in the 2010 class, including coaches Jim Kelly (College of Dupage, Ill.), Tim Rooney (Lewis & Clark, Ill.) and Larry Petri (Southwestern Illinois College).
Former players Andrew McLeod (Meridian County C.C., Miss.) Danny Perez (Meridian County C.C.), Alex Opoku (Richland College, Texas) and Ryan Pierce (Herkimer County C.C., N.Y.).
The induction ceremony will be held during this year’s NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas.
NJCAA HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
(Yavapai College Inductees…the most members from one soccer program)
Mike Pantalione – Coach – 1989-present
Hugh Bell – Coach – 1992-present
Edson Rico – Attacker – 1989, 1990
Jose Corona – Defender – 1990, 1991
Darren Clare – Defender – 1992, 1993
Avery John – Defender – 1994, 1995
Matt Kirkpatrick – Defender – 1996, 1997
Kevin Jeffrey – Attacker – 1996, 1997
Kelvin Jack – Goalkeeper – 1997, 1998
Alan Gordon – Attacker – 2000, 2001
Maurice Hughes – Attacker – 2002, 2003
Michael Randolph – Defender – 2004, 2005