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Yavapai’s First Captain Becomes 22nd Roughrider Inducted Into NJCAA Hall of Fame Reviewed by Zachary Shaver on . Rocco DeNardis captained Yavapai College’s first two soccer teams in 1989 and 1990 to an overall record of 36-1-2 has been inducted into the National Junior Col Rocco DeNardis captained Yavapai College’s first two soccer teams in 1989 and 1990 to an overall record of 36-1-2 has been inducted into the National Junior Col Rating: 0
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Yavapai’s First Captain Becomes 22nd Roughrider Inducted Into NJCAA Hall of Fame

Rocco DeNardis captained Yavapai College’s first two soccer teams in 1989 and 1990 to an overall record of 36-1-2 has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Soccer Hall of Fame. He led the initial Yavapai College recruiting class to the 1990 NJCAA National Championship in only the 39th match in school history on November 18, 1990 in New Jersey. On that date in stunning fashion, the Roughriders defeated heavily favored Passaic County Community College of Patterson, New Jersey 2-1 in the second sudden death overtime period to capture Yavapai’s first of seven national titles. He was named to both the NJCAA Academic All-American and NSCAA All-American as a defensive midfielder for the Roughriders. His final two college seasons, he played at the NCAA Division One level with Fresno State University in California.

DeNardis becomes the sixth member off the 1990 Yavapai College soccer team named to the hall of fame joining goal scorers Edson Rico and Kobah Washington, defender Jose Corona, goalkeeper Andre Luciano and Head Coach Michael Pantalione. That same 1990 soccer team will be also inducted into the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 11th.

Head Coach Mike Pantalione viewed Rocco as “an extension of the coach on the field—Yavapai’s first captain when there were no assistant coaches on the staff during those early years. He was recruited, quite simply, to be the leader of the team. His unselfishness, humility, accountability, toughness, mental toughness, discipline and competitive attitude were traits that are difficult to find in captains these days.”

Yavapai College (535-46-24/25 year overall record) has the most soccer members (22) of any school inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. The Yavapai College inductees:

NJCAA HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (Yavapai College Inductees)

Inductee Position Years at YC
Michael Pantalione Coach 1989-present
Edson Rico Attacker 1989, 1990
Andre Luciano Goalkeeper 1989, 1990
Rocco DeNardis Defender 1989, 1990
Jose Corona Defender 1989, 1990
Kobah Washington Attacker 1990, 1991
Hugh Bell Coach 1992-present
Darren Clare Defender 1992, 1993
Avery John Defender 1994, 1995
Steve Ybarra Attacker 1995, 1996
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
Josh Westermann Defender 2002, 2003
Michael Randolph Defender 2004, 2005
Roger Espinoza Defender 2005, 2006
Tim Kelly Defender 2005, 2006
Irving Garcia Attacker 2006, 2007
Francis Khamis Attacker 2007, 2008
Justin Meram Attacker 2007, 2008
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