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.