Jan. 12, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Former Sacred Heart men's soccer head coach Joe McGuigan has been selected for induction into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame. McGuigan led the Sacred Heart University men's soccer program for 20 years before retiring at the end of the 2004 season. He joins current SHU coach Joe Barroso being inducted this year.
He helped guide the program from Division II to Division I, while racking up 124 victories on the bench during his tenure.He helped guide the program from Division II to Division I, while racking up 124 victories on the bench during his tenure.
Originally from Scotland, McGuigan was a standout player for the Pioneers from 1968-72. In 1970, he became the first All-American athlete in Sacred Heart University history. McGuigan virtually re-wrote the Pioneer record book during his playing days. He sits at the top of nearly every offensive category, including goals in a game (6), goals in a career (80), assists in a game (4), assists in a career (56), points in a game (14), and points in a career (216).
He was selected to represent the United States at the 1971 Pan American Games, and the 1972 Olympic Games.
Before the Pioneers made the jump to Division I in 1999, McGuigan was named Coach of the Year in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) three times, in 1987, 1990 and 1992. During the 1995 season, he recorded his 100th victory, becoming the first coach in school history to accomplish that feat.
During his 20 years on the Pioneer coaching staff, he also served short stints as women's soccer coach, as well as men's lacrosse coach.
The Hall of Fame inductions will be held on the Farmington Marriott on January 31st. The festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with a social hour for all guests. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and the formal induction ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Connecticut Soccer Hall Of Fame was founded in 1999. It is dedicated to recognizing the pioneers, developers and continuing contributors to the sport in Connecticut. Players, coaches, referees, administrators, and friends of soccer all are members.