Inducted January 25, 2020
Dale got his baptism into soccer when he was a football player for the Terrapins at the University of Maryland. He started playing with the soccer players in the athletic dorm to expedite his recovery from a broken leg. Perhaps that is the foundation for the philosophy he would like to pass on to future generations. Dale would like to see upcoming soccer generations “become involved and recruit at least one person to try soccer as an alternative to other sports”.
While Dale’s soccer career began in college, his involvement has spanned decades, and has touched all areas of the game, from successful goalkeeper to referee to administrator. His fortitude in soccer is on display as he has played adult soccer for over 47 years as a goalkeeper!
His résumé and contributions to the game after college is long and varied, some of the highlights are:
- 1973-79 GCSA Referee
- 1978 Signed with Tulsa Roughnecks as their 3rd Goalkeeper.
- 1978-85 on Tulsa Roughnecks practice squad.
- Served as Oklahoma Soccer Association Vice President and Treasurer under Tom Iadevaia in 1978-79.
- 1980-81 attended the Joe Machniks No.1 Goalkeeping camp.
- 1981-84 Played on Oklahoma State All Star Men’s team.
- 1984 Selected as goalkeeper for the first Oklahoma State Senior Select Team. Team played in Clearwater, Florida as a pre-Olympic tryout for a regional select team.
- 1985 Selected a goalkeeper for Team Adidas
- 1985 Goalkeeper for the Tulsa Roughnecks Reserve Team.
- 1988 – Gave up 0 goals in 10 league games.
- 2013 Won the National Veterans Cup for the Oklahoma Over 60 team (Goalkeeper)
- 2018 Bronze medal World Cup over 70 Tournament (Denmark)
- 2019 Goalkeeper for the World Cup over 70 Tournament US Team. October 20-28, 2019, Osaka, Japan.
Dale is retired as owner and former President of Advanced Filing Systems Inc. He currently lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he remains actively involved in Adult Soccer. He has one adult child Derek and 3 grandchildren. Next on Dale’s calendar? His over 70’s men’s team plans on bringing home the Gold from SoccerFest, July 2020, being held in Escondido, California!
Inducted January 25, 2020
Wes began soccer at the ripe old age of seven in Redondo Beach California and literally ran with it! Wes continues to do his part to spread his love and development for the beautiful game. His name has become synonymous with soccer in Oklahoma. Wes may well be one of Oklahoma Soccer Associations longest registered players; playing from 1973 – 2000 in OSA leagues.
Coming of age at a time when soccer was just beginning to germinate in Oklahoma, Wes can claim many firsts on his long and accomplished soccer resume.
- First soccer style football place kicker in Oklahoma (All-State, 1975)
- First GCSA player to play overseas (Crystal Palace F.C., 1976)
- First GCSA player to play college soccer (Gettysburg College, 1976-78; University of Tulsa 1980-81)
- First father and son duo inducted into the OSA Hall of Fame (father is Don Jones, Class of 2004, credited with laying the foundation for GCSA and Oklahoma Soccer)
After graduating college Wes continued to play in adult leagues as well as carry on the family tradition of contributing to the growth and development of soccer. Wes acted as Coach/Player for the Tulsa Gunners Men’s (1980-1989) team and won two State Championships. He was also Coach/Player/Captain of the over 30 TER Jaguars (5 time state champions and won Regionals in 1989). Many of the players Wes coached went on to coach their own teams or become soccer referees.
As an administrator Wes held the office of NEOASA President (1985-1988). While serving as President he conceived and developed the annual Adult Soccer Tournament, Soktoberfest, which continues to be a huge annual event.
Wes has made many acquaintances and friendships through his involvement in soccer. Perhaps none so memorable as his interaction with the famed Brazilian soccer player Pelé in 1976! Pelé was brought to Tulsa for a clinic (one of only 3 US cities he visited that year). Wes was chosen to demonstrate techniques and skills for the nearly 2 hour clinic.
Wes resides in Tulsa with his wife Beth. They have 6 adult children (Calista, Ashley, Daniel, Michaelanne, Katherine, Kersey) and 12 grandchildren.
Wes’ philosophy? “If you enjoyed the game as much as I did, show it to your teammates and friends. Go coach, referee, be an administrator.” Pass your passion on.