Sporting KC star Dom Dwyer headlines Men's Soccer HOF inductees
August 21, 2014
MIKE PANTALIONE, NJCAA MEN'S SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION
Five players, who have all impacted two-year collegiate soccer, are the 2014 inductees to the NJCAA Men's Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame. During the month of November, the five inductees will be officially honored at the NJCAA Division I Soccer Banquet in Prescott Valley, Arizona and the NJCAA Division Three Soccer Banquet at Herkimer, New York. They join 86 other coaches, contributors and players already named to the Hall of Fame. The 2014 Hall of Fame class includes:
Dom Dwyer led Tyler Junior College to an overall 40-0-1 record and consecutive national titles in 2009 and 2010, scoring a school record 38 goals in his sophomore season. He was named to the NJCAA all-tournament team twice and most valuable player once. He was an All-American and National Player of the Year for the Texas school. He played at the University of South Florida after his two-year college days and was named to the All Big East First Team. Drafted in the first round by Sporting Kansas City in 2012, he currently plays for the Major League Soccer club.
Rocco DeNardis captained Yavapai College’s first two soccer teams, twenty-five years ago, to an overall record of 36-1-2. He led the initial Yavapai College recruiting class to the 1990 NJCAA National Championship in only the 39th match in school history on November 18, 1990 in New Jersey. He was named to both the NJCAA Academic All-American and NSCAA All-American as a defensive midfielder for the Roughriders. His final two college seasons, he played at the NCAA Division One level with Fresno State University in California.
Frank Savocchi was the first two-time NJCAA first team All-American at Nassau Community College soccer history as a result of his outstanding play during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He was the captain, leading scorer and won back to back NJCAA Division Three titles in 1997 and 1998. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1997 and 1998 NJCAA Division three National Tournament and was voted Region XV player of the year in 1997 and National Player of the Year in 1998. He went on to play at Long Island University for two seasons.
Nickardo Blake is the only two-time NJCAA All-American player in the history of East Central College. He was a dominating center back for the Missouri school in 2008 and 2009 before moving on to the University of Connecticut for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He played on the Jamaican under 21 national team, was drafted by the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer in 2012 and played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League in the same year.
Kyle Timm played for Tyler Junior College during the 2006 and 2007 seasons and was a first team All-American and runner up for National Player of the Year as a sophomore. He moved on to Clayton State University and was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2009. He played professionally for Bidvest Wits FC in the premiership of South Africa before returning to his alma mater at Tyler Junior College as an assistant coach for the 2012 National Championship Team.