Hall of Fame Inducts 4 at Workshop
For the 2014 Hall of Fame Class, four men will be honored for the dedication and involvement in soccer they have demonstrated over many decades. All four have ties to nearly every aspect of youth soccer whether as coaches, referees, or administrators. The Hall of Fame reception will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 7 at the Midwest City Sheraton and the ceremony will begin at 7 pm with introductions and acceptance speeches to follow.
A more complete article on the four inductees will be in the February Smoke Signals.
Wayne Ewing – Wayne Ewing began his soccer career in El Reno as a coach and referee as well as doing administrative duties for the club. He became a referee to develop the game and then was drawn to officiating as a way to mentor young refs across the state. He served as both State Referee Administrator and State Youth Referee Administrator as well as assignor, assessor, and instructor.
Wilbert Maximore – Wilbert Maximore arrived in Oklahoma in 1980 as a coach at Tulsa’s Shadow Mountain Soccer Club. Recognized for his ability to train players and develop them, Wilbert began coaching youth and adult players in the Tulsa area. His skills were recognized in 1988 as the National Soccer Coaches Association of American National Youth Coach of the Year. The next year US Youth recognized him as their National Coach of the Year.
Ed Michaud – Ed Michaud’s soccer beginnings are tied to Midwest City where he began coaching and refereeing. He was soon drawn to officiating and coaching at higher levels but followed a path of officiating to the highest level the state could offer: State Referee grade 5. Ed also worked with high school and college organizations to train, assess, and officiate matches. Another hat worn by Ed was that of administrator at the club and state level.
John Timmons – John Timmons arrived in Oklahoma from his native state of Texas to coach American football but had become a huge fan of what the rest of the world calls football. As a teacher and coach, John has served as a coach for numerous club teams and ODP as well as coaching high school soccer and football for over 30 years. He was instrumental in the creation of the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association and has been a member of OSSAA’s advisory board on soccer for many years.