Inducted February 3, 2018
Look up “referee” in any dictionary and you will find two things: 1. Ref-er-ee, an official who watches the game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and to arbitrate on matter arising from the play. AND 2. A picture of Milo Slater (also known as the one-name-wonder MILO).
Milo was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from McClain High School, attended the University of Tulsa and married his high school sweetheart Patty. His children, Shawn and Brandy, both played soccer and are, in fact, responsible for Milo’s initiation to the game. Patty came home from enrolling Shawn on a team and she was told they needed someone to referee in order for Shawn to play. “Tag. You’re it.” And so Milo’s soccer career began.
Milo has been a key figure in developing and supporting all aspects of soccer in the State of Oklahoma. He’s held the position of Club President, Area Referee, State Director of Assessors, State Referee, State Assessor, NISOA College National Referee and National Assessor. Milo and Patty also sat on the committee which founded the
Oklahoma Premier League.
Milo’s greatest contribution to the game has been his ability to provide other referees a different perspective to the game by giving them options on handling situations. “I tell people the reason I believe that I am a good assessor is because as a referee I have made every mistake that can be made. The only difference between me and others is that I learned from my mistakes.”
Milo’s words of wisdom for the upcoming soccer generations are simple, “Work hard, prepare, train, educate yourself, find a mentor and follow them. Watch and learn from others whether good or bad.”
Inducted February 3, 2018
For many adults, the path that leads to soccer is laid out through their children, and Steve’s is no different. Steve first dipped his toe in the water by volunteering to referee when his daughter started playing in 1993. He fell in love with the game and never looked back. Steve has held some of the most influential board positions in the state of Oklahoma soccer community and beyond.
Steve, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and went on to graduate with a geology degree from Baylor University. Both of Steve’s daughters, Jennifer and Hayley, played soccer at the Edmond Soccer Club and he now has a granddaughter playing on a team coached by mom and dad.
Steve has been involved in many levels of the beautiful game, most notably:
1998 – Steve was instrumental in bringing the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Tournament to Oklahoma.
2000 – 2003 Steve served as 1st Vice President/ODP. The Olympic Development Program grew 30% under his leadership.
2003 – 2006 Steve was elected President of the Youth Division, and served as a member of the Board of Directors for Region III.
2006 Steve served as State Youth Referee Administrator where he was responsible for program development
Soccer in Oklahoma continues to reap the benefits of having Steve at the helm. Sometimes leadership requires creativity and insight, and when Steve had the vision to develop the Oklahoma Premier League, it was the start of something more powerful than anyone imagined. It was cutting edge and inspired many other State Associations to follow suit. Steve also developed the Presidents Cup and the club player pass.
Steve sees a lot of potential in working with the professional teams in Oklahoma as they develop youth and professional clubs within Oklahoma. “The resources and expertise they can bring to the table will benefit OSA and soccer in general in Oklahoma”.
For the soccer generations to come Steve would say, “Continue to build upon the success of the players, coaches, referees and administrators that came before you. Always question if doing things the same old way is the best way, and be open to new and different ideas. Most of all remember it’s a game and enjoy yourself.”
Inducted February 3, 2018
Richard arrived in Oklahoma passionate about soccer, after all, he’d been playing since he was 6 years old. He played for various clubs and schools throughout his youth. Richard then played for his local club team Harrow, London, England until he immigrated to Canada in 1962, where he met his wife Josie and joined Burlington United Football Club.
Richard held many coaching, administrative, and volunteer positions at Yukon Soccer Club and Frontier Country. He was the ADOC under Brian Harvey for the overseas All Star Touring Teams of 1986, 1987, and 1989. They traveled and played in England, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden.
Richard’s accomplishments in developing soccer in Oklahoma are many, but he would say his greatest accomplishment was being able to connect with youth both on and off the field while teaching them the skills of soccer and being part of a team. The fruit of his labors is clear when you see just a small sample of comments from past players and peers alike. Joey Hinkle exclaims, “Richard is one of the most influential men in my life. I love soccer because of Rick Suffield.” David Clark Jr. told us “…Rick single handedly put me on a path to succeed.”
Rick’s philosophy? “Play hard, practice hard, play fair, have fun and ALWAYS give 100% effort.”