November 7, 2013

Former URI Coach Geza Henni to be Inducted into New England Soccer Hall of Fame

KINGSTON, R.I. – The New England Soccer Hall of Fame, which has recognized the region's best players, coaches, referees, executives, and builders since 1978, has announced its 2013 class of inductees, all of whom will be honored during the Hall's 36th Annual Induction Ceremony on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Hilltop Hotel in Seekonk, Mass. The ceremony will start at 1:00pm.

Among this year's honorees is former Rhode Island men's soccer coach Geza Henni. 

Henni, who posted a 175-125-47 record in Kingston, led the Rams to four NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as first place finishes in the New England and Yankee Conferences. He earned New England Coach of the Year honors in 1979.

Henni also served as an assistant professor of physical education at URI from 1969-89, and is now professor emeritus. Prior to his coaching career, Henni was a member of the Hungary National Team from 1946-54, before moving on to coach the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games in 1967. He also guided the U.S. through its World Cup qualification process in 1965, and not long after, was appointed coach of the Houston Stars (NASL) from 1967-69. 

Joining Henni as members of this year's New England Soccer Hall of Fame class are Rhode Island Oceaneers midfielder Juan Cano, Western Mass Pioneers club president Celso Correia, longtime USSF referee George Cortes, former Providence College men's soccer coach Bill Doyle, South Center Premier president Andrea Duffy, longtime youth administrator Kathy Palmeiro, PROJECT GOAL co-founder Darius Shirzadi and former Brown men's soccer coach Cliff Stevenson.

Information about the induction dinner, which is open to the public, is available at nesoccerhall.com or by contacting Chairman of the Board Joseph Sousa at soccerjbsousa@yahoo.com.