NE Soccer Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees
November 6, 2017
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A father and son will be among the list of nine inductees at the New England Soccer Hall of Fame’s 40th annual Induction Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. at the Riviera Restaurant in East Providence.
The inductees include Jaime Toro and his son, Gabriel, as well as Luis Cutelo, Alain LeCampion, Luis Carvalho, Wolfgang Woischke, Candia Campbell, Edward Martins and Christine (McCann) Rich.
Tickets for the induction dinner are $40, and are available by telephoning Lillian Sousa at 401-434-6592 or by emailing email@example.com by the Nov. 13 deadline. All tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door.
2017 New England Soccer Hall of Fame inductees
A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Luis Cutelo began playing soccer as a senior at Shea High School in 1979. He later played for the Community College of Rhode Island, RISA and LASA. But it was as a referee that he really made his mark, starting in 1988.
Cutelo quickly climbed the ladder and found himself officiating alongside FIFA and National referees. This led him to officiating in Major League Soccer, in 1996, as well as national tournament games. He has been a NISOA college referee for 25 years, a state referee for 18 years and has had state emeritus status since 2011.
Born and raised in France, Alain LeCampion moved to the United States at the age of 23 in 1985. It was then that his playing career really took off.
LeCampion already had a strong soccer foundation when he arrived. He started with the Fontainebleau Football Club’s youth team, and moved up to their Second Team aged 19-20. He played for three seasons at the University de LeMans, reaching the semifinals of the French national universities tournament each year. He signed a professional contact with Club de Le Mans of the French Fourth Division. A year later, at 23, he moved to Club de Melun of the French Third Division.
It was after a season with Melun that he came to the U.S. and he never left.
LeCampion set the CCRI scoring record in 1984, and then proceeded to terrorize goalkeepers in LASA from 1985 to 1994.
LeCampion, who won a LASA scoring title, played for Luitana of Cumberland in 1985-86, moved to Holy Ghost of Warwick for one season, then back to Lusitana in 1988. He was with East Providence in 1989 and 1990, again went back Lusitana for year, and then spent his final three seasons in LASA back at EP, where he was a player-coach.
He also played for two years with the Rhode Island Stingrays of the USISL.
He still has nut hung up his playing boots, enjoying Over-The-Hill soccer with the Cranston Portuguese Club since 1999, and Diversity United prior to that.
LeCampion, who holds a NSCAA coaching license, has guided numerous youth teams and been a Rhode Island high school referee since 2009.
Luis Carvalho of Seekonk, Mass. has experienced much success coaching two different sports in Rhode Island.
In soccer, he starred at the University of Rhode Island, where he was the leading scorer and all-Yankee Conference for three years and a Rams captain. He also played for the Pawtucket Rangers and for multiple teams in LASA. He coached the Barrington High School girls’ soccer team to two state titles in four seasons.
Carvalho is even better known locally for his affiliation with volleyball. He coached the East Providence girls’ volleyball team for 25 years and the boys team for 12 years, leading them to nine and two state championships, respectively. He was also the head volleyball coach at Rhode Island College from 2007 to 2010.
He is a URI Hall of Famer for soccer and an 11-time Coach of the Year for volleyball.
Wolfgang “Wolfie” Woischke, born in Germany and raised in Port Washington, Long Island, New York has made a large impact on soccer in New England.
Woischke was soccer and football standout at Port Washington High School, the first athlete to play two sports at the same time: soccer and football place kicker.
He was an All-American and captain of Mitchell College’s soccer team in 1967-68. And he was All-New England and team most valuable player at the University of Bridgeport in 1970.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he played for the semi-pro Connecticut Wildcats and then professionally for the Connecticut Yankees in the American Soccer League in 1975.
He coached Bullard-Havens Technical High School for five years, leading them to the state finals in 1977.
He played and coached amateur soccer in Germany from 1977 to 2004, winning three championships as a player and five as a coach.
Working with longtime associate Hank Steinbrecher, he was managing director of International Sports Entertainment, which had the rights to 350,000 tickets and did $500 million of business at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He was inducted into the Mitchell College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, the Paul D. Schreiber (Port Washington) High School Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this year. He he presently the President of Happy Kicks LLC Soccer/Tennis Academy for Preschool Children.
Candia Campbell of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire has 27 years of experience working within the operations of the NH Soccer Association. Campbell has been involved with the start up and running of various leagues throughout the state, while holding a variety of executive board positions at the local, state, regional and national levels.
Campbell first served on the NH Soccer Association board as a Vice President in 1999, then becoming Executive Vice President and has been President since 2015.
“One of my proudest accomplishments was working diligently with the Green Meadow Farm and the reality of NHSA purchasing their own soccer fields’ complex after several years of constant renting and scouring for field availability.
In addition, Campbell has also coached multiple youth soccer teams, as well as a middle school boys’ (Wilton-Lyndeborough) team and a high school girls’ varsity team (Milford).
Jaime Toro, a native of Colombia, was a long-time player and is a very experienced referee on the Rhode Island soccer scene.
He played for East Providence Sports (1978-80), Fall River Sports (1980-81) and Lusitana Sports of Cumberland (1982-85) in LASA. After a year back in Colombia, he returned to coach Luitana’s youth teams from 1986-97. He also played Over-30 soccer for Madeira, Mello’s and Sporting Colombia. He has been a Rhode Island Interscholastic League referee since 1994.
Gabe Toro was a standout player at Tolman High School in Pawtucket. He went on to play at the University of Rhode Island from 1994-98. He was selected to the Atlantic 10’s All-Tournament Team and received URI’s Bob Butler Sportsmanship Award in 1998.
He played in LASA for Lusitana Sports, Taunton Sports and East Providence Sports, and professionally for the USISL’s Rhode Island Stingrays. He also had tryouts with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution and Dallas Burn.
He continues to play Over-30 soccer for Northern United.
Ed Martins of Harrisville, Rhode Island has more than 25 years as a soccer coach, referee and administrator.
Martins has been the Super Liga Iniative Program Director, Bruno United Technical Director, RI State Referee Administrator, RI State Youth Referee Administrator and Presidenbt of the Burrillville/Glocester Youth Soccer Association.
His coaching experience includes with the RI Olympic Development Program, RI Rays, Bruno United FC, Northern Lighting, North District and BGYSA.
As an official, he has been a USSF referee, assignor, instructor and assessor.
CHRISTINE (McCANN) RICH
Christine McCann grew up in Barrington, RI. She described herself as “a shy child” who came alive when she got on the soccer pitch. She was a four-year varsity standout for the Eagles, earning all-state honors as a junior and senior after playing on a state championship team as a sophomore.
She went on to the University of Connecticut, where she played 100 games in four seasons for the nationally ranked Huskies. A defender, she helped UConn keep 58 clean sheets during her tenure. In 1998, she was named NSCAA and NEWISA All-New England and a Third Team All-American. The Huskies reached three NCAA quarterfinals and one final during her four years.
She was drafted by the WUSA’s Boston Breakers, being signed first as a practice player and then brought up to the full squad. Playing on a team with her idol, Christine Lilly, and helping to keep Mia Hamm off of the scoresheet in a game against the Washington Freedoms on Father’s Day in 2001, with her Dad in the crowd, were career highlights.
She presently teaches health at the Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford, CT.
NE Soccer Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brothers Joao (John) DeBrito, Jr. and the late Pedro DeBrito, who both played for the United States national team, headline the list of nine inductees at the New England Soccer Hall of Fame’s 39th annual Induction Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. at the Riviera Restaurant in East Providence.
Both DeBrito brothers were First Team All-Americans (John at Southern Connecticut, Pedro at the University of Connecticut) and both led their college teams to national championships before embarking on decade-long professional playing careers. Pedro DeBrito spent most his career playing indoors, while John made his mark outdoors, playing six seasons in Major League Soccer, including the New England Revolution’s inaugural season.
Longtime Boston Globe soccer writer Frank Dell’Apa, who has covered seven World Cups, will be the guest speaker.
The inductees also include:
MIKE ASHWORTH – A long-time Rhode Island youth soccer volunteer, coach and administrator. He also spent a dozen years as South Kingstown’s girls soccer coach.
BILL CARROLL – The boys’ soccer coach at Pilgrim High School in Warwick, RI. He has guided the Patriots to two state titles and has been a fixture in Kent Count youth soccer and summer camps.
VINKO DROCIC – A standout player in the former Luso American Soccer Association, who helped to win league and cup championships with Lusitania Sports and the Lowell Soccer Club, after coming over to play from his native Croatia.
RALPH FERRIGNO – The Director of the Boston Soccer Academy, he spent 20 years as the head men’s soccer coach at Tufts University, guiding the Jumbos to the 2000 ECAC championship.
JOE GOMES – A high school All-American at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI, he went to a sterling career at the University of Rhode Island.
FRANTZ INNOCENT – One of the all-time leading scorers and a First Team All-American at the University of Connecticut. He was also the men’s soccer coach for 19 years at Eastern Connecticut State University, leading the Warriors to a pair of Little East Conference championships.
MICHAELLA (ROONEY) TUCKER – A high school all-state player at East Greenwich High School, sent went on to earn All-America honors at Brown University. She played women’s professional soccer for the Boston Breakers, Houston Challengers and Houston Stars, as well as being a player, captain and coach of Lady Chivas in Reno, Nevada.
Tickets for the induction dinner are $38, and are available by telephoning Lillian Sousa at 401-434-6592 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by the Nov. 14 deadline. All tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door.
2016 New England Soccer Hall of Fame inductees
Frank Dell’Apa has been one of American soccer’s preeminent journalists for four decades. He began his newspaper career in Nevada, covering the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. He was hired by the Boston Herald in 1983, then returned to regular soccer coverage as the Boston Globe’s soccer columnist, starting in 1990.
After 23 years at the Globe, Dell’Apa was recruited to work for the start-up BeIn television network in Miami, and in late 2014, returned to Boston, where he is presently based as a freelance journalist.
Dell’Apa has covered seven World Cups, MLS since the league started, and continues to be involved with the NASL as part of a New York Cosmos Podcast. He is a past New England Soccer Hall of Fame inductee.
West Warwick’s Mike Ashworth is being inducted for his many years of volunteer service, and for his perseverance in overcoming physical and medical conditions to make a difference.
Ashworth first became involved in soccer while in high school in 1973. He broke both of his legs in a skiing accident, ending any opportunity to play. As a senior, he turned to officiating and worked the home games for Toll Gate High School in 1974.
After a 15 year break, he got back involved with soccer when his children started to play in the Warwick Soccer Association. He has served as a coach and an administrator since 1990, despite suffering a heart attack in 2003, having heart surgery in 2004 and a heart transplant in 2014.
In 1998, he and Jim Kelly incorporated the Rhode Island Rays Soccer Club, and has been its only treasurer.
He was an assistant coach for St. Mary’s Academy/Bay View from 1995-2001. He was the head coach of girls soccer at South Kingstown High School from 2001-2012.
Ashworth received the Joseph Rocca Memorial Award as Soccer Rhode Island’s Volunteer of the Year in 2008. In 2013, he was inducted into the Soccer Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
Englishman Bill Carroll has been a key figure in Ocean State soccer circles since relocating to Warwick, Rhode Island in 1985.
As a youngster, Carroll was chosen to Three-Counties select teams in Elementary and Secondary Schools, playing on championship teamsin 1961 and 1966. He was selected for the Bedfordshire County U15 team and also played for Luton Schoolboys U14 team.
He started his coaching career in 1970, as a player-coach for the Ashford Old Boys semipro club. From 1970 to ’85, Ashford won five league titles and four Cup trophies.
Carroll was the Coaching Director for the Warwick Fire Fighters from1987 to ’91. He has been the head boys soccer coach at Pilgrim High School since 1991, guiding the Patriots to two state titles and three runner up finishes.
He has been coach of the Lady Rays Girls Premier League Team, with four undefeated seasons, five state championships and titles at the Potomac Tournament and the Jefferson Cup in Virginia.
Carroll has also been head coach of the Lady Rays Women’s Semi-Pro League team, co-founder of the Mid-State United Boys Premier Club and joint director of the Kent County Soccer School since 1993.
Joao (John) DeBrito, Jr.
John DeBrito experienced success at every level during his long playing career. Originally from Cape Verde, he became one of Connecticut’s all-time leading scholastic scorers for Kaynor Tech in Waterbury. He was a standout player at Southern Connecticut State University, leading the Owls to the NCAA Division II championship in 1989, scoring both of his team’s goals in the final. He was a First Team All-American in 1990, after twice being chosen to the Second Team. He scored 20 goals and added 32 assists during his four years as an Owl.
He spent his 10 year professional career as a defender and defensive midfield. His first pro experience came indoors with the Tulsa Ambush. He spent the vast majority of his career playing outdoors. He played for Gremio Lusitano, Boston Storm (USISL) and the New York Fever (A-League) before being selected in the 11th Round of the inaugural Major League Soccer draft by the New England Revolution in 1996. He played six seasons in the MLS, with the Revolution, New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew and Dallas Burn before finishing his pro career back home in 2001 with the Connecticut Wolves.
DeBrito earned six U.S. National Team caps from 1991 to ’92.
He was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
The older brother of fellow enshrinee John DeBrito, Pedro is being posthumously inducted. He was critically injured in an automobile accident in 2014, and passed away at the age of 55.
He had an 11-year professional career, taking him through multiple U.S. Leagues, including the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League and the National Professional Soccer League. He scored 100 goals in his professional career, all but four indoors. Outdoors, he played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Cosmos and Albany Capitals. Indoors, his clubs included the Rowdies, Cosmos, Dallas Sidekicks, Wichita Wings and Detroit Rockers. He earned one U.S. National Team cap in a 2-0 win over Haiti in 1983.
DeBrito, from Cape Verde, moved with his family to Portugal at the age of 9, and to the U.S. When he was 15. He was a First Team All-American forward at the University of Connecticut, helping the Huskies win the NCAA championship in 1981. He scored 43 goals and added a school-record 59 assists during his four years in Storrs.
He was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
A native of Donji Lipovac, Croatia, Vinko Drocic emigrated to the United States in 1987.
Drocic played in semi-pro soccer in Croatia from 1983-87. He was a standout player in LASA (fomer Luso American Soccer Association), playing for league and cup champions while at Lusitania Sports (1987-89) and the Lowell Soccer Club (1990-91). He returned to Lusitania, where he played from1992-96. He also played for Cranston in LASA, and Madeira Club in the Over-40 League.
He has been a coach in the Cumberland and the Lincoln youth soccer associations, as well as for the Rhode Island Soccer Club.
A native of Liverpool, England, Ralph Ferrigno has made an indelible mark on soccer on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Currently the Director of Coaching for the Boston Soccer Academy, Ferrigno was the head men’s soccer coach at Tufts University, with a 161-118-26 record over 20 seasons from 1990 to 2009. He led the Jumbos to two NCAA Tournament berths in 1994 and ’96, six ECAC Tournaments and the 2000 ECAC championship.
He is a USSF ‘A’ licensed coach, also with coaches badges from the English FA and the Welsh FA. He is also a qualified referee in the U.S. and England.
He has coached club soccer since 1986, with the Upper Valley Lightning (NH), FC Greater Boston Bolts and AFC Boston Lightning, with five state titles and seven MAPLE championships.
Ferrigno was also an ODP staff coach from 1986 to 2007, with numerous age groups with both boys and girls.
Joe Gomes is one of the most highly decorated player at the high school level in Rhode Island. He was a four-time all-star, two-time all-state selection and a high school All-American for Tolman High School in Pawtucket from 1982-86. He earned a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island.
Gomes went on to play for Lusitania Sports in LASA (1986-91), Estoril in the Portuguese First Division (1991-92) and the Rhode Island Stingrays (1995-97). He plays for Madeira in the 40 & Over league.
Gomes has been a physical education and health teacher in Woonsocket since 1992.
Born in Haiti and raised in Nyack, NY, Frantz Innocent is one of the greatest players in the annals of the University of Connecticut men’s soccer program. Innocent was a First Team All-American in 1974 and a Second Team All-American in 1973. He was also a three-time All-New England, three-time All-North East and two-time All-Yankee Conference selection.
Innocent was Uconn’s all-time leading scorer when he graduated with 32 goals and 25 assists for 89 career points. That total current ranks 10th on the Huskies all-time scoring list. He still holds the school record for points in a game with nine, from a 4-goal, 1-assist performance against Hofstra in 1972.
Innocent was Uconn’s first participant in the Senior, the recipient of the first two Dr. John Squires Awards as team MVP and was Uconn’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1974.
He played professionally in the American Soccer League for the Connecticut Yankees and the New England Oceaneers, and was a Second Round draft pick of the NASL’s Dallas Tornadoes. He continued to be a key player on several Connecticut Soccer League championship teams.
Innocent began his coaching career in 1976 as head girls’ coach at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. He later served as head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s soccer club team in 1978 and assistant coach with the Central Connecticut State University men’s team between 1982 and 1984. Innocent joined the Eastern Connecticut staff after five seasons (1985-1989) as assistant women’s coach at his alma mater. Innocent was the head coach of men’s soccer at EConn for 17 seasons from 1990 to 2006, compiling a record of 126-171-28. The Warriors were Little East Conference champions in 1991 and ’92.
And East Hartford resident, his son, Frantz Innocent Jr., is following in his father’s footsteps as a member of the current Uconn men’s soccer team.
MICHAELLA ROONEY TUCKER
Step by step, Michaella Rooney has taken a most impressive path in soccer.
She began playing youth soccer in East Greenwich and for the Rhode Island ODP team. She was a member of the Boston Breakers club team that was the national U19 runnerup in 1997.
She was a four-year starter, captain, all-star, all-state and all-New England player at East Greenwich High School.
After redshirting a season following ACL surgery, Michaella Rooney was a four-year starter and captain for Brown University’s women’s soccer team. While playing for the Bears, she earned all-Ivy, all-New England, all-Northeast, all-American regional and All-American national teams.
She was a player-coach for the Rhode Island Rays women’s team in the USL’s W-League, and in 2001-02 played for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA.
She played for the Houston Challengers of the WUSA and acted as a player-coach for the Houston Stars of the WPSL. For the past three years she has been a player, captain and coach for Lady Chivas in the Reno Women’s Soccer League. Now Mrs. Michaella Tucker, she resides in Reno, Nevada.