ONEONTA, N.Y. (Friday, June 3, 2005) - Hank Steinbrecher, former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer and current President of Touchline Consultants, Inc., has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder.
“What a tremendous addition to the Induction Class of 2005,” Hall of Fame President/CEO Will Lunn said. “In Hank we have the U.S. Soccer executive who was instrumental in reorganizing U.S. Soccer and staging the most successful World Cups in history in 1994 and 1999."
Previously announced members on the Class of 2005 are U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer stars Marcelo Balboa, John Harkes, and Tab Ramos. The veterans' player announcement will be made on Wednesday, June 8, at 2 p.m. ET.
“What an enormous surprise," Steinbrecher said. "I think I am still in a fantasy. To say I am humbled is an understatement. I truly feel undeserving of the honor. There are so many more that have contributed so much more than I. Soccer has been the essential ingredient of my whole life.
“To be recognized for contributing to something so deeply loved, for doing something that gives you breath is well unimaginable.”
Steinbrecher grew up in New York City playing on fields like the Metropolitan Oval. He went to win an NAIA national championship in 1970 at Davis & Elkins College. He contined his involvement in collegiate soccer as the head soccer coach at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State and Boston University.
In 1984, Steinbrecher served as the venue director for Olympic Soccer at Harvard University. Steinbrecher served as the Secretary General of U.S. Soccer for 1994 FIFA World Cup and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“I look back on the long career and love every second of it," Steinbrecher said. "I think of all of those players and the great friendships I have in the sport. I indeed have God’s blessings.”
He previously served as Vice President of Sports Marketing for Gatorade. Steinbrecher is currently President of Touchline Consultants, Inc. and the COO of ISe-Hospitality AG.
Builders are elected by vote of the Hall of Famers and to be elected a candidate must receive 50 percent of the votes cast.
Top 5 Builders
Rank Name Pct.
1 Hank Steinbrecher 50.00
2 Alan Rothenberg 44
3 Anson Dorrance 43
4 Bob Gansler 35
5 Eddie Firmani 20
Former U.S. Men's National Team defender Fernando Clavijo was also elected into this year's Hall of Fame.