Palone announced to United Soccer Coaches HOF class

November 12th, 2020 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
United Soccer Coaches announced the election of three individuals as the newest members of the association’s Hall of Fame. All three will be inducted as members of the 2021 Class during the United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention, Jan. 11-15, 2021. Long-time head coaches Joe Palone of the U.S. Military Academy, Horst Richardson of Colorado College and Sigi Schmid of UCLA and multiple MLS franchises, will be honored at this year’s Digital Convention.

By Ally Keirn
Army Athletic Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—United Soccer Coaches announced the election of three individuals as the newest members of the association’s Hall of Fame. All three will be inducted as members of the 2021 Class during the United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention, Jan. 11-15, 2021.
Long-time head coaches Joe Palone of the U.S. Military Academy, Horst Richardson of Colorado College and Sigi Schmid of UCLA and multiple MLS franchises, will be honored at this year’s Digital Convention.
The three individuals will become the 69th, 70th and 71st inductees into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, which was established in 1991 to honor achievement by coaches with an emphasis on success and a lifetime devotion to the association and the game.
Palone, who was elected via the veteran’s balloting of the Hall of Fame Committee, and Schmid, will be honored posthumously. Palone passed away in 2002 at the age of 92 and Schmid passed away in 2018 at the age of 65.
“The newest honorees in the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame enjoyed lengthy and distinguished careers, not only as winning coaches, but coaches enriching the lives of players while serving the greater good of the game,” said Kevin Sims, United Soccer Coaches President. “The stellar collection of inductees into the Hall of Fame is enhanced greatly by the presence of legends Joe Palone, Sigi Schmid, and Horst Richardson.”
A fixture on the Army sports scene for a period spanning four decades, Palone retired as Army’s all-time winningest men’s soccer coach in 1978. He compiled a 228-80-35 coaching record over a highly successful 29-year career. He was inducted into the inaugural Army Sports Hall of Fame Class in 2004.
Palone guided the Black Knights to 11 NCAA berths and three Eastern titles (1950-52), while building a .715 career winning percentage that still ranks among NCAA career leaders.
He directed Army to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship on four occasions and registered 26 winning seasons in his 29 years as head coach, including two unbeaten campaigns in 1950 and 51.
His teams still hold the Army record for longest winning streak at 14 games spanning the 1950-51 seasons. He remains on the ballot for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. In addition to his accomplishments on the soccer field, Palone served as Army’s baseball coach from 1955 to 1957.
The United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to honor achievement in coaching, work on behalf of the association, and lifetime contributions to the game of soccer.
Each year, up to three inductees are elected into the association’s Hall of Fame based on selections made through balloting of the Hall of Fame Committee.