Saturday, February 20, 2010, the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association (WSCA) will hold their second annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Four coaches will be inducted, three of whom are long-time members of the Madison 56ers Soccer Club. Those three 56ers coaches are:
Ronald Holzhueter - A member of the Madison 56ers Soccer Club since 1969, Ron Holzhueter was a founding member of the WSCA. He held the positions of WSCA President, Vice-President and Treasurer for 10 years, from 1979 to 1990. In addition to serving with WSCA, Ron has been active in MAYSA for many years, including serving as President from 1976 through 1978. He was also on the WIAA Soccer Coaches Advisory Committee for five years. Ron has been a member of the WSA Hall of Fame Committee since 2003.
Ron was the first Head Soccer Coach at Memorial High School and Head Coach at Waunakee High School. He has coached youth and adult teams for the Madison 56ers for nearly 40 years. In 1980, he was selected the WSCA Coach of the Year, and in 1993, he was the Wisconsin High School All-Star Coach. In addition to the WSCA Hall of Fame recognition, Ron was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992 in the coaching category.
Still playing at age 64, Ron Holzheuter (in gray) has been a key inspiration to premiere soccer in the Madison area and was a founding member of the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association.
Jim Launder - An early member of the WSCA, Jim Launder has a remarkable coaching record that includes professional teams, the MLS Columbus Crew and A-League Milwaukee Rampage, college coaching as an Assistant at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison; and as a Head Coach at UW-Madison, men and women, from 1980 to 1997, including an NCAA Championship in 1995, and at the University of Dayton from 1998 to 1999; as a club coach for the Chicago Cobras (W-League) and Chicago Sockers (PDL), and since 2004 with the Madison 56ers (NPSL). For 10 years, Jim was the Region 2 Boys Olympic Development Head Coach. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Staff since 1995 and was Head Coach of the Under 16 National Team at the U16 World Cup in France in 1996. Jim is currently the Coaching Director for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA).
Jim was selected the NSCAA Region IV Coach of the Year in 1989, NSCAA Region IV Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1991, NCAA National Coach of the Year, NSCAA Region IV Coach of the Year, and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1995. In addition to the WSCA Hall of Fame, Jim was inducted into the Madison Area Soccer Hall of Fame in November 2009 and is also being inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame on March 16, 2010.
Jim Launder came to Madison from UW-Milwaukee to become Bill Reddan's assistant at UW-Madison in the early 80s. This UW-Madison men's program continued to improve and, in 1995, the team was crowned NCAA Champions.
William (Bill) Reddan - Bill Reddan is a soccer legend in the Madison area. He was a founding member of the Madison 56ers in 1956, and a founding member of the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) in 1966. He started the University of Wisconsin-Madison Soccer Club in 1964, and was a founding member of the WSCA. Bill was the Head Coach at UW-Madison until 1982 and UW Associate Coach until 1997. He is currently on the MAYSA Board of Directors and regularly coaches at camps and clinics in the Madison area. Reddan Soccer Park was named in his honor.
In addition to his induction into the WSCA Hall of Fame, Bill was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986, the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
One of the primary reasons why these three coaches are receiving recognition from the Wisconsin Coaches Hall of fame, and their other awards as well, is that in addition to being successful as team coaches themselves, all three are renowned for their outreach efforts throughout the state to new coaches, to youth coaches, and to the soccer community in general, to show and teach them how to develop skilled and enthusiastic soccer players. Literally generations of Madison area players and many players statewide have benefited either directly or indirectly from the work of these three 56er coaches.
The fourth inductee in the 2010 WSCA Hall is Fame is Bob Gansler, the only Wisconsin coach to have ever coached the U.S. Men's National Team in World Cup competition.
Bill Reddan was a founding member of the Madison Soccer Club in 1956, which later became known as the Madison 56ers. He also became the first UW-Madison men's soccer coach in 1977, and led the team to its first NCAA tournament berth following a 15-1-2 regular season in 1981.