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Stum headed to Pa. soccer hall of fame

January 28, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Bob Stum said wins and losses were never of utmost importance to him during his 34-year reign as Waynesboro High School's first boys soccer coach. His athletes' loyalty to the program and their sportsmanship on and off the playing field concerned him more.

Stum, 63, who guided the Indians to nine Blue Mountain League titles and a 303-235-66 record from 1963 to 1996, stressed a "classy" approach.

"You play with class and you win and lose with class," said Stum, a retired Waynesboro teacher. "And when the game was over, I expected to treat my kids with class. I wouldn't want to do it any other way."

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Stum's way will be forever recognized as one of the best by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Saturday, Stum will be one of three former coaches inducted into the PSCA Hall of Fame during the association's annual honors banquet in Grantville, Pa.

"People nominate people, and then we sit down and look at them and make a decision," said PSCA President and Hall of Fame Chairman Randy Rich. "We look at not only what they've done as coaches, but what they've done for high school soccer.

"Bob's done a lot for a lot of people, and he's still doing it. It's a big honor, but Bob earned it."

As current Waynesboro soccer coach Steve Tanner puts it, "Bob Stum is Waynesboro soccer."

After launching the high school program, Stum organized the Waynesboro Youth Soccer Association in 1973 and is largely responsible for the association's multi-field complex that will officially open this spring.

"He's still president of the association," Tanner said. "He does everything from making the big decisions to lining the fields."

Stum also started a summer recreational league and a summer soccer camp and brought girls soccer to the high school as a club sport in the mid-1990s, a few years before it became a varsity girls sport at Waynesboro.

"A lot of people owe their love of soccer to Bob, and not only in Waynesboro. Way back when, Waynesboro was playing soccer when a lot of places weren't," Tanner said. "It's nice that people up top realize what an impact he's had."

Stum began playing soccer in the 1950s at Green Park Union (now West Perry) High School in Elliottsburg, Pa. In 1962, he was a member of the NCAA championship team at West Chester (Pa.) College. After graduating that year, he started a soccer program at Quincy (Pa.) High School, which merged into Waynesboro High in 1963.

Now, he's a Hall of Famer.

"I look at it two ways," Stum said. "One is that I'm old and have been around the game a long time.

"But, very honestly, it means a great deal to me because I've been selected by my peer group, by men I've respected and have had relationships with for several years. I've never been the kind of guy who seeks honors, but I was quite satisfied with my career as it worked out and am very proud of it."

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