Reliving Past Glory
1992 national soccer champs reunite at Homecoming
The homecoming soccer game held special significance this year, as a particular group of alumni watched the Panthers compete and remembered their own glory days on the team on the very same field.
Prior to the start of match, the group was recognized: six members of the 1992 men’s soccer team and their head coach, honored for the 20th anniversary of their national championship victory in the National Small College Athletic Association.
Veteran team members present included Tim Carr ‘95, Darren Thompson ‘96, Ricky Pruitt ‘95, Chris Luther ‘94, Matt Coppinger ‘96, and John Seaman ‘94. The team’s head coach, Brad Fisher ‘87, traveled from Portland, Ore., to be here for the event.
“The 1992 championship team was a joy to know and coach,” says Fisher. “They were a hard-working, competitive, fun and talented group of guys. Leadership came from upperclassmen for the first time in York’s history that year, but it came from the younger guys, too. Each stood up to the challenges when confronted with them. And each found a way to overcome. That was a great group of not just soccer players, but young men. Seeing these guys and seeing how they are living their lives is a greater joy than coaching them.”
The teammates that returned enjoyed a chance to catch up with each other and to reminisce about that one magnificent game: After giving up a 3-0 lead the Panthers, under the leadership of Coach Fisher and his two captains Luther and Pruitt, came back to claim the title, defeating New Hampshire Tech 4-3.
Thompson scored two goals, Brian Edmundson scored one, and the final game-winning goal was scored by Coppinger in the second half. Coppinger was recognized as the tournament MVP.
“It was good to see Coach Fisher and a few teammates from the ’92 squad,” said Thompson. “After 20 years, it was great to hear different stories from that season. It brought back a lot of fond memories that I will cherish for a long time. It was an honor to be part of that team and being part the York College soccer tradition.”
“Being back on campus is always special,” says Fisher. “YC’s continued growth and prosperity is evidence of God’s hand upon it…My message to friends in the Midwest is to continue in your faithfulness to God, come back to Him if you’re away, and never underestimate the influential power God exerts through the most humble of institutions like York College. Yorkies are good salt. And we flavor the world. Being back on campus confirmed this in my mind and heart.”