The Meritorious Service Award is given by the Wisconsin Soccer Association's (WSA) Hall Of Fame (HOF) Committee to an individual or individuals who have contributed to the promotion and development of Wisconsin Soccer Association programs over a long period of time. The WSA HOF Committee wishes to give recognition to person(s) who have given the WSA programs and have not been inducted in the HOF. However, receiving this award does not preclude their being into the HOF.
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Born in Italy in 1949, Salvatore moved to the United States in the 1960s where he began to play for Verdi S.C. till 1995. He currently lives in Greenfield with his wife Antoinette. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. In the past he has served as the Verdi S.C. Men's Reserves team coach, and has also coached various youth teams (U-12s and U-14s). He is a co-founder and current vice president of the Palermo Soccer Club, and served as their adult team's manager (as well as a manager for Verdi S.C.'s Majors and Reserve teams in the past).
Mark currently lives in Mukwonago with his wife Mary. They have two children (Shealy and Shane) and three grandchildren (Amanda, Jacob, Lillian). Since 1969 he's played for various teams, Milwaukee Brewers till 1972, Washington High School in 1971, Waukesha Continentals from 1978 till 1985, and the East Troy Over-30 team in the 1990s. His coaching experience also spans high school (Muskego High School Girls Freshmen 1996, East Troy High School 1995-1998, Delevan-Darien 2000-2008) and college (UW-Waukesha Men's Soccer 1981). He became a USSF licensed referee in 1989, and an instructor in 1995 (he is also became an assignor in 2000, and a WIAA referee in 2003). He served as the President of the East Troy Soccer Club from 1990-1992, and the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association District 7 President from 1990-1998.
Mike currently lives in Neenah with his wife Sue and children Mea and Isla. He played soccer for the Neenah Soccer Club from 1983 to 1991, and has coached for the club from 1994 to 2004. He became a USSF Referee in 1987, a WIAA Referee in 1993, and a NIOSA Referee in 2006, and also became a Referee Assignor for the Upper Midwest Classic, Neenah Flatgrass Showdown, and the Assignor Coordinator for the Neenah Soccer Club, the Oshkosh United Soccer Club, and the entire Bay/Fox Valley area. He recently became a Referee Assessor to help out younger referees in his area. He currently coaches 4k/5 recreational soccer at the YMCA.
John was born in California and later moved to Wisconsin. He currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife Rebecca and two daughters Adrienne and Eloise. He became a Referee in 2005 and has refereed many tough Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association Majors and First Division games, which earned him the experience to achieve a USSF Grade 5 State Referee license. He has also refereed many WIAA High School girls and boys soccer matches, and NISOA College men's and women's matches. He recently became a USSF Lead Instructor for referees. He also holds a USSF State "D" License.
Jeffrey lives in Waterford, Wisconsin with his wife Marcia. His vast playing experience include playing high school for Premontre High School, for Lawrence University as a four year starter, the Green Bay Kickers (Wisconsin Soccer Association First Division and Major Division), and the Croatian Eagles over-30 competitive team. He has also served as an assistant coach to the UW-Green Bay Men's soccer team, the boys and girls assistant coach to Waterford Union High School, and for the Green Bay Kickers (U-19 Select Boys) and Croatian Eagles (U-9 to U-19 Select Boys and U-19 Girls). Adding to this, he's also reffed at the Youth, Select, Adult, and Division III Women's soccer levels. He was also the Athletic Director for Premontre High School, and sat on the Board of Directors and Corporate Counsel for the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club. He's also provided legal assistance to the Wisconsin Soccer Association.
Robert currently lives in Menomonee Falls, and has one daughter Jenna. He played and coached for the Milwaukee Kickers Reserves and Majors teams since 1970, and still holds a roster spot on their reserves team! He has also coached for the North Shore Kickers (U-16 and U-19 Boys and U-19 Girls), and for the Tosa Kickers region (U-18 to U-14). He currently coaches within the Women's Soccer Club, and holds a USSF "C" License. He has his USSF Referee's License, but to this day has not officially reffed any games. In the 1970s he served on the Milwaukee Kickers Board of Directors, and on the Executive Committee in the 1980s. He was inducted into the Milwaukee Kickers Hall of Fame in 2007.
Keith was born in 1960 in Wisconsin Rapids and currently resides in Rudolph, Wisconsin with his wife Nancy, along with their children Alex, Tracy, Ethan and Evan. Keith has done just about everything to promote soccer in the Wisconsin Rapids area. He played from the 1980s to the late 1990s, and has coached since the 1980s as well, for all levels amongst boys and girls teams, including high school. Keith became a WIAA and USSF Referee in the late 1980s, and then became a State Referee in 2002 until 2012, where he took Emeritus retired status. He currently helps in the Wisconsin Rapids Kickers Tournament as an Administrator, which he has done for close to 30 years.
Kurt Zipp was born in Wisconsin and currently lives with his wife Barbara in Darieu Wisconsin. He has two children and two grand children. He has coached youth and adults for 24 years and earned his "D" coaching license. Kurt has also refereed youth and adult for 24 years and earned the USSF level 6. He has referee NISOA/NCAA for 17 years. As an administrator, he has served the Delavan Soccer Club in many capacities including being the president for 10 years as well a the tournament director for 20 years.
Under the guidance of John Janasik, John Burke began the TOPSoccer--Waukesha program in 2003, building it from one participant and three volunteers to a program, now in its ninth year, that serves 40 children with a crew of 50 volunteer coaches. In 2007, he received the Wisconsin TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year Award, an honor that he considers his most treasured. Coach Burke began his coaching career in Wisconsin at the side of Laura Moynihan. When Laura retired from club coaching to take on the program at UW-Milwaukee, she asked John to take over the head coaching position of her Tosa Kicks team. He accepted the position, and guided the team to a state championship. In one of the most memorable and defining moments in Coach Burke's coaching career, Laura asked him to focus his coaching career on helping develop girls into quality soccer players because in her opinion too many male coaches at the time coached girls only until they could find a boys' team to coach. For the last 20 years since Laura's request, Coach Burke has remained committed exclusively to coaching girls' teams in an effort to support Laura's vision of what soccer in our state could be for girls. His teams have won club, WISAA, and WIAA state championships, earned five NSCAA/adidas National Top-Twenty finishes, including finishing #1 in the National Poll in 2000, and received 12 consecutive NSCAA Academic All-American Team Awards. In addition, Coach Burke's teams have won Sportsmanship Awards from the Classic 8 conference, WIAA, and the Palatine Celtic Soccer Club. During his career, he has earned the NSCAA National Coach of the Year Award, many state and regional coach of the year awards, and the National Liberty Mutual Responsible Coach Award.
Coach Burke as served as WSCA President and on the WIAA Advisory Committee for Soccer. He also runs the Laura Moynihan Tournament each year to raise funds for the Laura Moynihan Field, which is a lasting tribute to the woman who was the pioneer for opportunities for female soccer players in Wisconsin. John credits his wife, Mary, and his beautiful daughters, Maureen, Margaret, Maria, and Molly, for providing the support that makes it possible for him to serve the special needs community and girls' soccer in our state. Coach Burke feels deep gratitude for the influence that John Janasik and Laura Moynihan have had on his service in the Wisconsin soccer community.
In the 1980's, Randy Davis was introduced to refereeing by USSF ref Klaus Kroner. He was given a 20 minute crash course before his first game as linesman. After performing well in his first game, he continued to do more games before obtaining his USSF license and his WIAA license. Randy fell in love with soccer and began learning as much as he could from whomever would teach him. He began traveling all over the state doing youth tournaments.
He also started doing high school boys and girls games. He began with Junior High and worked his way up the ladder. The USSF helped him tremendously at the high school level. Soon he found himself being asked to be an AR at the State High School tournament. Randy progressed into being a referee at Regional, Sectional and State High School Tournaments. He was to be the last referee for the old WISAA State Tournament, but due to an injury, he had to bow out of that honor.
Later, Randy was asked to officiate at the State Cup, and was always invited back after. Randy was also invited to Regionals. He's been to the USSF Regional Tournament six consecutive years, three as a referee and three as an assessor.
Unfortunately for health reasons, due to lingering issues from Vietnam, he was no longer able to referee.
As a state assessor, Randy set the record for most assessments in a year of over 800, and unsurprisingly received the first State Assessor of the Year Award. The following two years he again led the state in assessments.
Randy is proud to say that he had a hand in getting Margaret Domka selected to the F.I.F.A. Panel of Referees. He says this is his biggest and most honorable accomplishment of his soccer career.
|Doug Haag, Wisconsin
Douglas Haag was born of American parents in Vicenza, Italy. His German-Hungary heritage sought out the once nontraditional sport found in America. Doug first became involved in soccer when he began playing street-soccer with his neighborhood friends in Bay View, WI. Dougs passion for soccer grew from there. He helped organize the first intramural soccer program at Bay View High in 1972 and continued to play throughout his high school years. Upon graduation Doug played for a short season for Polonia. He then attended and played for UW-Milwaukee.
After college Doug continued to be involved in soccer as a coach for Southeast Kickers and West Allis Park and Rec. He then organized a soccer program for Oak Creek Park and Rec and the Salvation Army Indoor Program. In 1998 he helped organized the Oak Creek Soccer Booster Club which developed into the current High School Program. However, Dougs passion for soccer became obvious when he decided to become a referee in 1997. This was the turning point for Doug. For the next five years Doug began to grow and develop as a respected referee amongst his peers. In 2002 he became an assignor for the Metro youth league and he began an active approach to mentor young and mature referees alike. In 2003 Doug became an instructor and in 2004 he became an assessor. Doug has taught and mentored referees throughout the state and is well respected and recognized within the referee community and within the soccer community as well. Doug has continued to serve the game not just as a referee, but as an instructor. He has helped promote, encourage and support many referees to achieve their own personal goals as a referee.
Leslie Osborne remains to this day the only female soccer player from Wisconsin to play in a FIFA Women's World Cup. She began her athletic career as a talented tennis and soccer player. One day, her dad, John Osborne, encouraged Leslie to pick between the two sports, Leslie chose soccer, and the rest is one of the best stories in Wisconsin soccer history. Leslie showed early signs of brilliance when she played for John Burke and Mike Moynihan on the 1996 U-14 Wisconsin ODP team. That team won the ODP Regional Tournament, and Leslie played effectively as the left midfielder on that team, even though she was only 12 years old at the time. She went on to play many successful years of club soccer with FC Milwaukee Nationals and Chicago Eclipse. During her high school playing career at Catholic Memorial, Leslie led her team to state championships and the NSCAA/adidas Final #1 High School National Ranking in 2000. Leslie twice led her Catholic Memorial team to top-10 finishes in the National High School rankings, and led her varsity team to four consecutive Academic All-American Team Awards. At CMH Leslie recorded 97 goals and 79 assists while leading her prep squad to a 83-5-6 record. At the University of Santa Clara, Leslie earned the NCAA's prestigious Honda Award as the nation's top female athlete in her sport, and finished her Bronco career with 44 goals and 34 assists. In addition, Leslie was named the WCC Defender of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to be selected as both the Player of the Year (which she accomplished in 2003) and Defender of the Year.
Leslie also won a women's club national championship, a U-19 FIFA Women's World Cup championship, and an NCAA National Championship with the University of Santa Clara. In the U-19 World Cup final, Leslie played in the ball that led to the golden goal to defeat Canada. During her professional career, Leslie has played in the Women's professional league, most recently for the Boston Breakers as their captain. Most notably, Leslie has earned 61 caps on the United States Women's National Team.
Dan Stone has been coaching Soccer in the Milwaukee Area since the late 1970's. He has coached at the College, High School and Club level for over 30 years, with a winning percentage of over 80%. He also has worked with the ODP program as well as the State High School All Stars. He has helped in the development of some of the best soccer players to ever come from Wisconsin. Dan's most notable work was with the programs at Milwaukee King High School and the Cedarburg Strikers Select Program. In the Mid to Late 1980's at Milwaukee King, his teams won Suburban and City conference championships. Dan helped guide Milwaukee King to 3 Regional Championships and their only State tournament appearance in school history. During the late 1980's and through the mid 1990's Dan's Cedarburg Boys and Girls select teams were among the best teams in the Midwest, and players from those teams played a major role in Cedarburg High Schools multiple state tournament appearances and state championships in the 1990's. Among the other teams Dan has coached include UW-Whitewater, MSOE, Verdi Club, Milwaukee Sport Club, and Brookfield Select.
In addition to coaching, Dan has served on the board of the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association since 1983. He is currently the Vice President of the Association and Chairman of the Boys Top Ten Polls, Boys All State, and Hall of Fame. Dan was instrumental in starting the High School Boys top ten poll in 1983 and the Hall of Fame in 2009. He also is currently the NSCAA Midwest representative form Wisconsin for the All Midwest team.
Dan played High School soccer at Milwaukee Riverside High School and College soccer at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse as well as adult club soccer for many years. Dan holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Coaching from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration and Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.
|Larry Sayles, Milwaukee Wave
The original member of the Milwaukee Wave, Larry Sayles has been the trainer since the team was founded in 1984-85 season. From working out of his car through championship days at the Bradley Center and U.S. Cellular Arena, Larry has weathered all the ups and downs associated with a sports team. Along the way, he's earned the respect, admiration and friendship of hundreds of players, coaches and staff members.
An Ottumwa, Iowa native, Larry remains fiercely proud of his Hawkeyes and never misses a chance to needle those unfortunate enough to have hailed from a school that has lost to Iowa on the field or court. He joined the Wave after seven years with the Harlem Globetrotters, trading in trips to Europe for trips to Harrisburg. He traveled to 22 countries and appeared on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" six times during his seven-year tenure with the Globetrotters.
In addition to his role as athletic trainer, Larry also coordinates camper registration and business operations for the Wave Summer Soccer Camps.
Larry resides in Greenfield, WI with his wife Kathy and two children, Mary and Brian.
|Goran "Gordy" Tirnanic, Soccer
Gordy was born in Yugoslavia in 1964 and came to the United States in 1967.
He began his playing career as a youth player for The Milwaukee Serbian Soccer Club. At the age of 16, he moved up to play for the adult team. At the major level winning three state championships, in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and advancing to the National quarter finals in 1984. He also played two years for Milwaukee Sport Club. He finished his soccer career with The United Serbian Soccer Club, helping them win a State Championship in 1994 and The Midwest Region Tournament of Champions.
He is still involved in the sport that he loves with Soccer World.
|Kevin Jahnke, Old Milwaukee Brewers
Kevin started playing soccer in 1978 for the Waukesha Park and Recreation program. He continued to play until 2 years ago for Spring City SC, United States Navy, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Team, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Intramurals, Brewers Knights State League Team and Milwaukee Brewers.
While in the Navy, he started coaching in 1988 for Southern Maryland Soccer Club. Back in Milwaukee, he has coached the Milwaukee Brewers Men's and Women's major program from 1998 to 2008. He has also refereed the UWM Intramural League in 2008-2009.
He is a past president of Milwaukee Brewers, 1996-2008. He was the WASA Major Women Soccer League administration from 1997-2004.
Kevin currently teaches at Sherman Park Lutheran School.
|Brian Kriese, Green Bay Referee
Brian began officiating at the age of 14 in 1979 and reached Grade 5 of the USSF in 1990. He became a college referee in 1986 and reached national level 2004-2009. He is also a WIAA Master grade referee for high schools. In all of his years of refereeing, he has done over 200 senior amateur center assignments, hundreds of youth and high school games, and many championship games. Brian has officiated for the USISL from 1989-2005, for the NPSL from 2006-2008, and for the NCAA Division 1 for 7 different leagues.
In addition to refereeing, Brian was captain of the Milwaukee Kickers' major team from 1985-1988, part of the Wisconsin U-19 Olympic Development Team, and US Soccer Youth Region II runners-up with the Milwaukee Brewers for U-12 and U-14.
|John McCue, Youth-Coulee District
John was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946 into a rough area. His Catholic parish worked very hard to mentor the kids and keep them out of a life of crime. The sports they were able to provide were baseball and soccer. Afflicted with a "lazy eye", baseball was difficult for him, but John soon found his love for soccer, specifically as a goal keeper.
After returning from Vietnam, St. Louis provided many opportunities for John to play soccer. Because of his performance with The Shamrocks and Hanheide, he was asked by coach Don Dallas to play for the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL). Later Joe Baum asked him to come up to Green Bay and play for UWGB.
Over the years John has played for numerous teams as goal keeper, which explains why he has had so much success as a goal keeper coach, and a coach in general. He has played a lot of soccer in his lifetime, but he still continues to be involved. He hopes to start an adult league in the Coulee Region.
|Bob Milkovich, United Serbs
Bob was born in Yugoslavia in 1935 and educated in England where he lived for 14 years. He came to the USA in 1962 with $20 and a suit case. Married for 46 years to his wife June, he has two sons, Paul and Mark, daughter-in-law, Jenny, and two grandchildren, Maxwell and Julianna. Julianna is four and has started to play soccer; however, she must learn not to score for the opposing team.
Bob was the first goalie for United Serbians. He was the Coporate Director of Public Relations and Special Events for Pabst Brewing Co. and was in a position to obtain corporate sponsorship for United Serbians Pabst for 11 years.
Bob is one of four original members of Summerfest which started in 1968 and is on the Board of Directors as an Honorary Member. He was in charge of the Pabst Showcase Stage at Summerfest for 28 years.
Bob also received "Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award" for outstanding community service given to a foreign-born individual.
He was General Manager of Serb Hall for nine years.
Palermo's Pizza is a local business which specializes in manufacturing Pizza under its label and for many other companies. Palermo has helped many soccer programs within Wisconsin. They currently help sponsor the Major and First division teams USA Palermo. They have also helped sponsor many youth soccer programs including Journey House and Club Latino.
|Richard Rabiega, Polonia
Richard resides in Franklin, Wisconsin, with wife Anita and children Dianna and Daniel. With a partner, he has established an import/distribution company located in St. Francis.
He has been a lifelong member of the Polonia Sport Club (PSC), playing with Polonia from midgets to oldtimers, high school soccer at Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. Richard has served in various positions on PSC's Board of Directors since the age of 18 and is currently the president.
Currently coaching PSC's First Team, he has managaed Polonia adult teams that won conference, reserve, and indoor championships. Richard began PSC's girls' and oldtimers' programs. To assist Polonia, he became licensed as a youth coach, tournament director, referee assignor, and referee. He whistled games at the youth, reserve, and major levels. Over the years, he has co-chaired the Annual Polish/American/Canadian Soccer Tournament in Milwaukee four times.
Most recently, Richard has been involved in the WASA Under-23 league and the State Referee Committee.
Outside of soccer, Richard has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, Polish folk dance, Polish choir, Milwaukee Public Access Television, Polish Fest Managing Committee, souvenir co-chairperson for 11 years.
|James Demetriou , Racine Spartans
Born in Phati, Greece in 1939, Jim moved to Racine in 1956 to find a better life in United States. His Uncle, who worked at J.I. Case, sponsored him. He worked for J.I. Case for 35 years after briefly working for a hotel in Milwaukee for 3 months because he was three months shy of his 18 birthday, a requirement for J.I. Case. He retired in 1991.
He played soccer for the Oster Club, a German club, in Roosevelt Park, Racine. He travelled over the state playing against other clubs. When his son was in 1st grade, a teacher at Windpoint asked him to teach the kids to play soccer. He eventually started the Racine Spartan Soccer Club in 1974 which started playing in the Metro Division. During this time, he took a team to state and won the U12 Boys State Cup.
He has coached high school for many years. 1980-1984, at Racine Horlick High School, 1984-1996 at Park High School and then 1996-the present at Racine Horlick High School again. He took Horlick to state five consecutive years in boys and girls high school soccer between 2001-2005.
|Nikola Djilas, United Serbian (Past President)
Nikola was born in Yugoslavia in 1944 and came to the United States in 1958. He was an original charter member of the United Serbians in 1963. Nikola served as president, treasurer, and secretary of the club and coached youth soccer from U-8 to U-14.
|David Jaworski, Madison 56ers/Referee
26 total years of "service" to WSA (13 as a player and 13 as an official). Played with the Madison 56ers and was a member of the 1992 National Amateur Championship team. Has been a State Referee for 10 years with this upcoming season. Is currently a State Referee grade 5.
|Tom Kaupp, TOPSoccer
Tom Kaupp currently lives in Hubertus Wisconsin. He started the Sussex TOPSoccer program in 1999. Sussex grew rapidly into the third largest TOPSoccer program in the country with over 70 players participating. Sussex players come from all over Waukesha County. "Our players have every disability possible yet have an incredible ability to be part of a team." Two years ago he step down from running the Sussex program but still participate by coaching the children in wheelchairs and walkers. He says: "The best part of TOPSoccer is not about winning and loosing it is about participating!"
Tom played youth soccer in the late 1960's to early 1970's for Milwaukee Sport Club. He coached youth soccer for Sussex Soccer Club from 1994 to 1998.
|Sanchez Cipriano, Aztec Warriors|
|Luka Gale, Croatian Eagles
Luka was born in Galici Bosnia in 1934, and attended school in Zagreb Croatia. In 1954, he traveled to Austria and played for FC Kufstin. He came to the USA in 1957 and settled in Milwaukee. He currently resides in Goodyear, AZ with his wife Annette. He has four grown children, Iva, Lisa, Tony, Luka Jr., and three grand children.
Luka joined the Croatian Eagles SC soon after his arrival in Milwaukee and became a life long member. While initially a valued player for 12 years, Luka eventually took on responsibility for many of the necessary administrative tasks needed for operating a successful soccer club, including team manager, Grounds Keeper, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President; positions he held for many years. He also coached youth from age 12 to 23, including his son Luka.
In addition to his ongoing club responsibilities, Luka also served for many years on a number of WSA committees, often at the request of the WSA President, and had an important role in assisting the WSA President and Commissioners in administering the sport of soccer in Wisconsin. Luka was an early member and long serving member of the WSA Hall of Fame Committee where his knowledge about Wisconsin soccer was a valuable asset.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2010 in the Overall category.
|Tom Mesalk, Referee|
|Robert Wiesian, Milwaukee Kickers|
|Bob Ziegler, TOPSoccer|
|Stanisa Markovic (b. Yugoslavia, State
He currently resides in Racine, WI with his wife Jamie. Stanisa was born in Gracanica, Serbia, in then Yugoslavia in 1941. He learned the sport of soccer as a youth playing for Buducost of Valjevo, Serbia. After coming to the U.S. Milan played for UW-Parkside from 1969 to 1972. He played in the Wisconsin Major Division with the Milwaukee Serbian SC for ten years from 1967 to 1977. Milan finished his playing carer with the Racine Steel Castings team.
Stanisa began coaching at Saint Bonaventure High School in 1972. During his tenue at Saint Bonaventure the boys team won back-to-back state championships. From 1978 to 1985, Stanisa was the boys coach at Racine Horlick High School that won a greater Milwaukee area conference title and twice advanced to the Boys High School State Championship. Stanisa also coached club soccer at the adult level with the Racine Steel Castings and the United Serbians SC. Stanisas coaching has been recognized by his selection as a Racine County Coach of the Year and in 1982 awarded a medal by the Racine Journal Times newspaper.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2009 in the Coach category.
|Mirolav "Mike" Pavlovic, President of Serbian SC Of Milwaukee|
|Sue Walter, Referee Assigner|
|David Scherer, Soccer World
He currently resides in Germantown, WI with his wife Lana and sons David and Michael. David was born in Milwaukee in 1958. He began his youth playing career with the Brewers S.C. from the age of 8 to 17. He played for James Madison High School from 1973 to 1976, which he led to a city conference championship in 1975. In 1974 and 1975 he was the team MVP and All Conference selection. During this period David, David played with the Milwaukee Bavarians on both the U19 and Major Division teams. As a Bavarian, he helped win four state championships and a Midwest Championship in 1977. David was a four-year starter for UW-Milwaukee, from 1976 to 1980. He was selected Team Captain, and defensive MVP as a senior. In 1979 David began an eleven-year association with the Milwaukee Sport Club, where he Captain the Major team for seven years. His leadership brought the club State Amateur and Open championships. His skills and tireless work rate was recognized by his peers with multiple Major Division All-Star selections. David started coaching soccer with Shorewood High School in 1980 as the Varsity Head Coach for the boys until 1990 and girls from 1981 to 1982. He became the Wauwatosa West High School Varsity Head Coach for both the Boys and Girls in 1993 through 2006. David's Wauwatosa West teams have won seven Boys Woodland Conference championship and five Girls conference championship.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2008 in the Player category in connection with the Milwaukee Sport Club.
|Anne Nowakowski, Stefan's Soccer|
|Dmitar Jovic (b. Yugoslavia)
Mich started playing soccer in Yugoslavia. He imigrated to Milwaukee and he has spent much of his life as a machinist and involved in soccer, supporting the Wisconsin Soccer Association and United Serbian SC. He has played for the United Serbian SC.
He currently is on the Hall Of Fame committee, referee soccer games, assesses referees and is on the discipline committee for the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association. He has wife and two sons. Stoy is actively involved in coaching and playing soccer in the first division.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2003 in the Referee/Player category in connection with the Wisconsin Referee Unit and the United Serbians.
He currently resides in Madison, WI with his wife Nancy and daughters Anna and Elsbeth. Bob was born in Burbank, California in 1945. He played Goalkeeper in the Capital Division for 10 years with the Madison Chargers from 1969 to 1979. Once done playing Bob coached youth soccer and began refereeing local games. In 1980 he became a USSF registered referee and as a State Level Referee he served for twenty years, until 2000. He has continued to serve as a Emeritus Referee up to the present. Bob served as a Referee Assessor from 1995 to 2003 and became a State Referee Assessor in 2001, which he still performs. In addition, he assumed the responsibility of being a Referee Instructor in 2000, which he also continues to perform. Bob has been instrumental in the growth and development of referee ranks in Wisconsin with over 20 years of service in the administration, training and assessment of Wisconsin's game officials.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2007 in the Referee category in connection with the Madison Chargers.
|Mirko "Farmer" Trivic|
Currently resides in Racine, WI with his wife Mary and son Derek. Rick was born in Milwaukee in 1951. He played youth and later adult soccer in both Milwaukee and Racine, including four years as a starter at UW-Parkside. After graduating from UW-Parkside, Rick began his coaching career. He was an Assistant Coach at both Parkside and Bowling Green State University and Head Coach at Aurora College and at UW-Parkside from 1984 to the present. As one of the top college coaches in the mid-west, Rick has given generously of his time and effort to the development of soccer though-out Wisconsin. He has given youth soccer clinics and coaching clinics; directed State Coaching Licensing Schools, hosted youth indoor and outdoor soccer tournaments, high school tournaments, and for adult men and women. His contributions were recognized with a WSA Meritorious Service Award in 1994.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2005 in the Coach/Player category in connection with the Polonia SC and the WSA.
He currently resides in Elm Grove, WI with his wife Elizabeth. Mr. Sucevic has two children, Elizabeth Mira and Thomas. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1961. Boro has an incredible resume, both as a player and as a coach.
In the Wisconsin Soccer Association he played for the Milwaukee Serbians, United Serbians, Milwaukee Sports Club, Milwaukee Bavarians, Reinders SC and the Waukesha County Rampage. He led his teams to three Major Division and two Challenge Cup championships. He was selected to the Wisconsin All-Star Team from 1981 to 1989. Professionally he played in the NASL with the Chicago Sting and the San Jose Earthquakes; in the ASL with the Oklahoma City Slickers; in the MISL with the Phoenix Inferno/Pride; in the SSL with the St. Petersburg Thunderbolts; and in the indoor NPSL with Milwaukee Wave, Columbus Capitals, Memphis Storm, Hershey Impact and Chicago Power.
Boro has a USSF A Coaching License. He has coached at the high school level at Homestead HS and Dominican HS; college at Ripon and Marquette; amateur with the PDL Wisconsin Rebels; profession teams with the Chicago Power and Milwaukee Rampage; and youth soccer as the Director of Coaching for the Milwaukee Kickers and the Elm Grove Youth Soccer Club, where he is currently Elm Grove Fire JR Director of Coaching. He was selected as the WSA Head Coach from 1990 to 1993 and also as the Region II Head Coach in 1993.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2010 in the Player category.
Born in Milwaukee. Gary has coached numerous boys and girls teams in Waukesha and has officiated at several levels. He founded Spring City S.C. He served WYSA in many capacities.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1996 in the Overall category in connection with the WYSA and the Spring City SC.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1997 in the Coach category in connection with the Milwaukee Kickers.
Mary currently resides in Waukesha, WI. A founder of Spring City Soccer Club in 1982, Mary soon expanded her role to becoming the Metro Youth District Administrator, Secretary/Treasurer, WYSA State Board Member, and most notably as the Metro Youth District Registrar. Under Mary's guidance, the WYSA youth soccer program has successfully addressed the issues of growing from 11,000 to over 67,000 registered players. In addition to player registrations, tracking recording player insurance claims, club's and officer's demographic data, and officials information, are some of the many record keeping and communications challenges that Mary has successfully met to ensure the WYSA current success. Mary is also representing Wisconsin nationally as a committee member of the USYSA Registrars and the Midwest Regional Registrars to work with other state associations to help implement registration procedures.
She was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2004 in the Administrator category in connection with the WYSA.
|John Janasik (b. 1946, USA)
John was instumental is starting the TOPSoccer program and maintaining it. He has been a youth soccer coach, and has served in many capacities for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, including editing the Wisconsin Soccer Post, as well as serving the national U.S. Soccer Federation on several committees.
John is currently president of the WSA.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1998 in the Overall category in connection with the Polonia SC and the WSA.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Administrator category in connection with the WSA Referee Unit.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2003 in the Administrator category in connection with the Milwaukee Kickers and the WYSA.
|Michael Zawada (b.1933, Milwaukee,
Michael currently resides in Eau Claire, WI. He was born in Milwaukee in 1933. Mike has served on the WSA Board since 1980. He was a youth coach for various clubs and an assistant coach at Thomas Moore High School. He has willingly assumed the most challenging and difficult responsibilities needed to support and promote the success of the WSA. Mike has served as the Major/Reserve/Metro Divisions Registrar and Games Commissioner, as WASA President, as a delegate to the US Soccer Federation, and as a member of the USASA Region II Appeals Committee.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2004 in the Administrator category in connection with the WSA.
|Bruno Kriese (b. Germany)
Bruno was born in Germany where he grew up with the sport. After moving to the U.S.A. he played for the U.S. Army team and in 1958 joined the Old Milwaukee Brewers as a player. He has been a referee since 1966.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1998 in the Overall category in connection with the Milwaukee Brewers SC.
|Karen Troussaint (b. 1954, USA), Karen is the Secretary and
Treasurer of the WSA.
She currently resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with her husband Noel. Karen was born in Chicago, IL in 1954. Karen began her career with the Wisconsin Soccer Association in 1970. Working with former WSA President Mike Kabanica for many years, she was the State Association's Secretary and Treasurer from 1970 until 2002, a tenure of 33 years. In 2001 Karen took the position of Office Administrator for the WSA State Referee's Unit. A position she currently still holds. For all those who have worked for and with the Wisconsin Soccer Association since 1970, Karen has been an invaluable source of knowledge and assistance. She has always been there, every ready to help and assist, and all to often, to help solve the problems that always occur.
With a total of 39 years of state level administrative service to Wisconsin soccer, Karen is one a very few long serving individuals who have directly participated in the growth and development of club soccer in Wisconsin to the success that it is today.
She was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2009 in the Administrator category in connection with the Referee Administration.
|Jerry Panek (b. Poland)
State Select, Region II and Marquette University coach.
Jerry was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1991 in the Player/Coach category in connection with Polonia SC.
Dom loves the game of soccer and was top level and collegiate referee for over 40 years. He currently has a referee emeritus status. He is also currently on the HOF committee.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1994 in the Player/Referee category in connection with Verdi SC and the WSA Referee Unit.
President of the WYSA. He was also inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1993 in the Overall category in connection with the WSA.
Miller Brewing Company liason to the WSA
|Charles Billings (b. Marshfield, WI)
Member of the WSA Board of Directors from 1981 till 1997, including stints as Commissioner for Capitol Region, WSA, State Women's League etc. Played soccer in France from 1962-1965 and Madison after that. Past president of Madison 56ers.
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 2000 in the Overall category in connection with the WSA and the Madison 56ers.
|C. Bryan Dandy
State Referee Instructor
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1993 in the Referee/Administrator category in connection with the WSA Referee Unit.
WSA Youth Board
|Ade Van Geffen (deceased)
He was inducted into the WSA Hall of Fame in 1987 in the Coach/Referee category in connection with the WSA and the Paper Valley SC.
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