Nye named to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

Nye named to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

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Bob Nye, who while at The College of Wooster was one of the most respected coaches in NCAA history, regardless of division or sport, will be posthumously inducted into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 21.

Nye led Wooster’s men’s soccer program to a 269-188-41 (.581) record from 1964-94. His impact was immediately evident, as the Fighting Scots went 5-3-1 in his first year at the helm of the program, in what marked Wooster’s first winning percentage above .500 in program history. Two years later the Scots made the first of five-straight NCAA College Division Tournament appearances, and Wooster logged 12 NCAA berths under Nye’s watch with the other seven coming once NCAA Div. III was formed.

Wooster’s 1977 team was arguably the best, as the Scots went 14-5-0 overall, 6-0-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, and finished fourth at the NCAA Div. III Championships. Under Nye’s guidance, Wooster won three of the first four OAC titles, and later, the Scots captured the OAC North Division crown six times with Nye heading the program. Wooster’s final conference title under Nye came in 1989 when Wooster went 8-0-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play and posted a 15-3-2 overall record.

Ian Bandaheadlined Wooster’s individual accolades during Nye’s tenure as the 1990 Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America Div. III National Player of the Year. Banda’s still the lone four-time All-American in program history while the Scots earned 15 National Soccer Coaches Association All-America honors during Nye’s time.

Nye was actively involved with the United Soccer Coaches, which was called the NSCAA during his career. He was the organization’s president from 1980-81 and earned the association’s Honor Award in 1992 for contributions to the game.

Nye’s success wasn’t just limited to the soccer pitch, as he served as the college’s men’s golf head coach from 1966-96. There, Wooster strung together one of the most consistent eras of collegiate golf, with 21 NCAA appearances from 1970-93. Wooster won the NCAA Div. III Championships in 1975 with that marking the lone team national title in Wooster varsity athletics history, and the Scots logged three other top-five finishes under Nye. The Scots earned 24 All-America honors on the links, and Nye served a term as president of the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Nye’s a member of the college’s W Association Hall of Fame, his alma mater Springfield College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame and the GCAA Hall of Fame. Nye passed away in 2014.

Established in 1991, the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame honors achievements by coaches with an emphasis on success and a lifetime devotion to the association and the game. Nye’s one of three inductees this year, and the organization holds its hall of fame in high regard, as the total number of inductees will reach 74 in 2022.