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USASA National Hall of Fame

The Maryland State Soccer Association is honored to have five representatives as members of the United States Adult Soccer Association National Hall of Fame.  The USASA National Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize individuals who have contributed to adult soccer on the pitch and elsewhere.  The first induction class took part in 2006.  The following MSSA representatives were inducted in the respective years:

  • 2006 Class
    • J. Eugene Ringsdorf
    • John Ellinger
  • 2007 Class
    • Anna Steffen
  • 2008 Class
    • Anthony F. Falcone
  • 2010 Class
    • F. Patrick Healey

USASA National Hall of Fame

 


Maryland Members

2006 Class:
 
J. Eugene Ringsdorf (1912-2003, United States)
Gene played soccer for 20 years in amateur leagues in
Baltimore, including as a player-coach for the Corinthians S.C. when they won the Stewart Cup, Maryland’s Amateur Championship, in the 1937-38 season. In 1961, Eugene was elected President of the United States Soccer Federation for a two-year term. His work with the USSF advanced the cause of soccer in high schools, making soccer one of the more popular scholastic sports. Leading up to his presidency, he had served as the president of the Maryland State Soccer Association during four decades, as well as in other board positions. He also served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and served on the National Hall of Fame Committee. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1979; the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame in 1981; and as a lifetime member of the USSF in 1988.
 
John Ellinger (1951, United States)
Former U.S. Men’s U-17 National Team Coach John Ellinger was named as the first head coach of Salt Lake Real on October 6, 2004, bringing with him an impeccable reputation for grooming young talents. John began his coaching career as head coach at Montgomery College (MD) in 1979, leading his squad to a No. 5 ranking in 1980, before moving on to a nine-year stint at University of Maryland-Baltimore County from 1981 to 1990. John is among the most successful coaches of the U.S. Men’s National Teams’ program history. He led his squad to a fourth place finish in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championships, boasting the best finish at an U-17 World Championship in the 21-year history of the U.S. program. The loss to in the consolation game ended a 15-month, 25 match unbeaten streak, the longest in the history of any U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team program. John served as an assistant coach of the MLS’ Columbus Crew in the League’s inaugural season in 1996 and is now coaching Salt Lake Real as a 12-year veteran of the of the U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team. Ellinger was the USASA Men’s National Team coach from 1988-1997 and Chair of the Coaching Committee from 1992-1997.
 
2007 Class:
 

Anna Steffen
During World War II, Anna Steffen’s family fled their home in 1944, resettling in Austria. It was there that Anna was introduced to the game of soccer, first attending local matches and then pro/regional games. In 1951, Anna immigrated to the United States, coming to
Baltimore. Anna resided in California briefly in 1954 and first participated with the local soccer community there. Upon her return to Maryland, Steffen got involved with the Baltimore Kickers, who started their team in 1953 and continue playing to this day. She became the recording secretary for the club in 1955, and, in 1958, she met one of the Kickers players, Fritz Steffen, on the soccer field. The two married in 1960, and were instrumental in the organization and success of the team. Over the years, Anna has served as club house chairperson, soccer secretary, and as General Soccer Manager from 1984 to 2004. In addition to her labor of love with the Kickers, Anna served in an official position with the German Umbrella Organization of Maryland for ten years and as Public Relations Director for the Maryland Major Soccer League during that time. In l984, Anna was elected as Secretary/Registrar of the Maryland State Soccer Association, a position she continues to serve in to this day. As a state officer, she has also served on various USASA committees. Anna was the first recipient of the Dr. John A. Schmid Service Award in 1987, recognizing her contributions to the game in the state of Maryland. In 1990, Anna was awarded the German-American Friendship Award.

 
2008 Class:
 
2008 Hall of Fame Inductee, Tony Falcone, began his administrative career early while still in high school. During his senior year, he organized and won approval for an intramural indoor soccer league, followed by the arrangement of a summer team made up of his high school mates. Tony has served the Maryland State Soccer Association (MSSA) for more than twenty years as League Commissioner, Delegate-at-Large and President from 1988 to 1995. During that time, Mr. Falcone became part of the USASA as a member of the Rules Committee. In 1992, Tony took an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army and was relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Despite being several States away, he was asked to continue as President. Unfortunately, he had to resign in 1995, as the Army sent him overseas. Tony took over the MSSA as President again in 1998 and has performed in that capacity since. Along with his presidential duties, he has worked as the Cup Commissioner, organized the Champions Cup, and established the MSSA website and online registration. Mr. Falcone is also currently USASA Region I Treasurer, position he has held since 2003.
 
2010 Class:
 
F. Patrick Healey
(1917 – 1999, United States)

Pat Healey is an icon of Baltimore and Maryland soccer. Pat played as both a youth and an adult and would later become a coach and administrator in both the youth and amateur ranks, too. On the field, Pat earned All-State honors at Calvert Hall High School, played professionally for Baltimore teams in the American Soccer League and played for several teams in the Maryland Major Soccer League.

As an administrator, Pat was involved in just about every way possible. He was the general manager and also served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Stars. He was also the general manager for the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 soccer club. At the league level, Pat served on the Board for Maryland’s premier soccer league, Maryland Major Soccer League. Moving up to the state level, Pat took on various roles within the Maryland State Soccer Association (MSSA). During the 70’s and early 80’s, he held the titles of President, Secretary, Registrar and Delegate-at-large. He also represented MSSA as a delegate at USSF and US Senior Soccer Division (USSSD). The US Senior Soccer Division has since been renamed and is now known as USASA. At the USSD level, Pat was active as the Region I Director from 1983-1985 and also as the Division’s treasurer.

Aside from Pat’s impressive administrative history, he proved to be a very successful coach in the Maryland area, too. Pat coached multiple teams in the Maryland Major Soccer League including the Dundalk American Legion Post 38. He won league titles, state cups and qualified teams for the National Cups in Region I. Pat also coached a Baltimore All-Star team (players from the Maryland Major Soccer League), Dundalk American Legion Post 38 youth teams and Calvert Hall’s High School team.
 

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