UNC head women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance will be officially inducted Friday into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame during an awards banquet in Philadelphia.
Dorrance will receive the prestigious honor alongside two-time U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena, another one of the country’s top minds in the sport.
Arena won five national titles in 18 seasons as the men’s coach at Virginia and has had two stints coaching the men’s national side, winning 81 games against international competition–more than any other coach in American history.
In 41 years at the helm in Chapel Hill, Dorrance has compiled an incredible 998 wins (826 with women, 172 with men).
Dorrance was also in charge of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1986-1994–leading the red, white and blue to a FIFA World Cup title in 1991.
Still, though, he remained as head coach at UNC during that time frame. At one point from 1986-88, Dorrance was simultaneously coaching the U.S. women, the UNC women and the UNC men.
Having won 22 national championships with the women’s program–the most recent coming in 2012–he is the only coach in NCAA history regardless of sport to win at least 20.
His induction to the Hall of Fame simply further cements his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest coaches of all-time.
For the full list of United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame members, click here.
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