United Soccer Coaches is Proud to Announce Horst Richardson as the 2017 Honor Award Recipient
Legendary Colorado College men’s soccer coach Horst Richardson receives top honors from the 2017 United Soccer Coaches. The award recognizes Richardson’s distinguished career in college athletics, tremendous service to the association and exemplary contributions to the coaching profession.
While winning may not be important in the world of youth soccer, collegiate soccer is different. And, after all, soccer is a game and the goal of a game is to win.
Few college coaches win more than Horst Richardson — with a great reputation on and off the field, Richardson is the sixth-winningest soccer coach in men’s college history.
According to Colorado College Tigers, “Richardson finished his career with a 567-304-71 record at Colorado College, where he was hired as an assistant coach in 1965 before serving as head coach for 49 years from 1966 until his retirement in 2014.”
“We are delighted to recognize Horst Richardson for an extraordinary career in coaching and giving back to his profession through service to his institution, college soccer, and our association,” said Charlie Slagle, United Soccer Coaches President. “His success on the field is evident but it is has been his extensive and unselfish involvement off the pitch that should be an inspiration for other coaches.”
Richardson, who is now 76 years old served as head coach for nearly 50 years from 1966 until his retirement in 2014.
He led the Tigers to seven Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League titles and 19 appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship while earning United Soccer Coaches Regional Coach of the Year honors on five occasions.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” Richardson said. “For more than 50 years, I attended the annual banquet at the Convention, watching legends walk across the stage to receive the Honor Award and I never imagined I would be in their distinguished midst. I am very, very grateful to receive this award.”
Born in Nürnberg, Germany, during World War II, Richardson immigrated to California in 1955 and attended the University of California-Riverside for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
Awarded annually since 1942, the Honor Award is one of United Soccer Coaches two most prestigious accolades and Richardson becomes the 78th recipient of the award in the association’s storied history. Richardson will formally accept the Honor Award on January 19 at the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
Press Release & Photo Credit: Colorado College and United Soccer Coaches Association