Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 17, 2015) – US Youth Soccer inducted a memorable set of individuals who put forth their time and effort to make the soccer in the NJ and Region I (the northeast) what it is today. Florence Egan, Joseph Robb and Bob Bairs have combined to volunteer nearly 100 years to soccer in the Garden State.
Florence Egan began her soccer involvement with the Brick Soccer Program. At the state level, she served as a District Commissioner, the Shore Area Travel League Commissioner, ODP tryouts for the Shore Area, New Jersey Youth Soccer ODP Committee, Cup Committee, Workshop Committee, and numerous recreational soccer festival events throughout New Jersey. Her Region I experience includes the Region I ODP Tournament for over twenty years, the Girls ODP Committee, Member/Chair of the Region I Cup Committee for over twenty years, Administrator for the Colonial League, Western Appalachian League, Summer League and Representative to the National Championship Committee. Egan has also volunteered for numerous Women’s World Cup Matches in both New York and Philadelphia.
Joseph Robb began his soccer career with the Marlton Soccer Program in 1977. Robb also started the Marlton Girls program in 1979, founded and served on the South Jersey Girls League Board, Boys Commissioner and League Representative to New Jersey Youth Soccer. His experience with NJ Youth Soccer began in 1984 as a Cup Commissioner for ten years, 1994 as the Recreation Commissioner, President of NJYS in 2008 and Executive Director of NJYS in 2012. Robb began serving Region I in 1993 on the Region I ODP Tournament Committee, becoming the Director in 1999 and serving in that capacity for fifteen years. Robb became a Region I Deputy Directors in 2003 and served in that capacity until 2011.
Bob Bair began coaching in Marlton, NJ back in 1980 alongside one of our other inductees, Mr. Robb. Bair worked on numerous New Jersey Youth Soccer Committees, travel leagues and was a State Registrar for nearly twenty-five years. Bair began serving Region I on the Region I Cup Committee in 1993 and has been on the Olympic Development Tournament Committee since its inception in 1994 to the present day.
While NJ Youth Soccer has benefited from countless volunteers since its inception in 1979, Egan, Robb, and Bair belong to a special group that has left an indelible impression that has created opportunities for countless kids playing the game. NJ Youth Soccer would not be where it is today without their selfless contributions.
About NJ Youth Soccer Association
New Jersey Youth Soccer is comprised of more than 150,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old supported by thousands of coaches and volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship.