Chris Dorich 2009 Hall Of Fame
Chris Dorich

Chris Dorich

1947 -

SS Lazio

Born April 4, 1947 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Taking up the game as a young teenager, Chris played club soccer in Erie, Pennsylvania for his Junior High and High School teams. He then played NCAA Division II from 1969-1974. From 1969-71 he played at Edinboro State College, PA where they won their Conference Championship in 1971. Transferring to Gannon University, he played there from 1972-1974 along with the Erie Soccer Club during the summer time. Chris became a member of the WPSYSA 1977-1982. Started youth, junior high, and high school soccer in Ligonier, PA. After graduating from college, Chris was hired by the Ligonier Valley Recreation Board to start youth soccer. This was completed successfully and the league entered the WPSYSA. After completion of that task, the Ligonier Valley School District hired Chris to start high school soccer. Chris started his Utah Soccer Association career in the USASA 1985-1986 as womenís State Select Team Coach. Since 1987 to present he serves as the State Director of Coaching as well as being the Menís State Select Team Coach for the Association. During this period 29 Utah players have been selected to the Regional Select Team player pool, of which 12 players have been selected to the USASA Regional Select Team, including 4 players who have been selected to the US National Select Team. From 1999 until 2013 when the program was discontinued, he was also appointed the USASA Menís Regional Head Coach winning the US Soccer Festival Championship in 2000, 2001, and 2004 during the ten years that this program existed. During his tenure and leadership, 30 players from the Regional Select Teams were selected to the US National Select Team and 15 of these players were been drafted by the Major Soccer League. Furthermore, he served at the national level as an USASA National Staff Coach overseeing USASA Select Team Training Camps throughout the west coast. In 1999 and 2012 he was named the USASA Region IV Coach of the Year and in 2012 he also was honored by being named USASA Coach of the Year. In a long industrious career since 1984 and to the present, Chris also serves as the Head Coach at Westminster College and his program has consistently competed in the NAIA regional championships as well as winning several conference championships. To supplement his spare free time he also launched the S.S. Lazio club into the Utah Soccer Association which between 2008 & 2013 have won five State Championships as well as four Daynes Challenge Cup Championships and are the newly established Super Cup winners in 2010-13. The club has established notoriety not only on the west coast, but nationally as well, annually being a strong competitor in the USASA National Amateur Cup championships having been Regional Champions in 2008 & 2013, finalists in 2007, 2011/12/14 in addition to competing at the USASA National Finals in 2008, 2011 & 2013. Chris also joined the USSF referee forces, officiating in the semi-pro Keystone Soccer League, Pittsburgh, PA from 1977-1981. He then added refereeing in the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) as a referee for three years (1978-81), under Joe Machnick, Chief Referee and Operations Manager. In his administrative soccer life from 1988 to the present, he serves as the Executive Vice President of the Utah Soccer Association.

Chris Dorich 2009 Hall Of Fame
2009 Hall Of Fame
Chris Dorich
Chris Dorich

Chris Dorich

1947 -

SS Lazio

Born April 4, 1947 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Taking up the game as a young teenager, Chris played club soccer in Erie, Pennsylvania for his Junior High and High School teams. He then played NCAA Division II from 1969-1974. From 1969-71 he played at Edinboro State College, PA where they won their Conference Championship in 1971. Transferring to Gannon University, he played there from 1972-1974 along with the Erie Soccer Club during the summer time. Chris became a member of the WPSYSA 1977-1982. Started youth, junior high, and high school soccer in Ligonier, PA. After graduating from college, Chris was hired by the Ligonier Valley Recreation Board to start youth soccer. This was completed successfully and the league entered the WPSYSA. After completion of that task, the Ligonier Valley School District hired Chris to start high school soccer. Chris started his Utah Soccer Association career in the USASA 1985-1986 as womenís State Select Team Coach. Since 1987 to present he serves as the State Director of Coaching as well as being the Menís State Select Team Coach for the Association. During this period 29 Utah players have been selected to the Regional Select Team player pool, of which 12 players have been selected to the USASA Regional Select Team, including 4 players who have been selected to the US National Select Team. From 1999 until 2013 when the program was discontinued, he was also appointed the USASA Menís Regional Head Coach winning the US Soccer Festival Championship in 2000, 2001, and 2004 during the ten years that this program existed. During his tenure and leadership, 30 players from the Regional Select Teams were selected to the US National Select Team and 15 of these players were been drafted by the Major Soccer League. Furthermore, he served at the national level as an USASA National Staff Coach overseeing USASA Select Team Training Camps throughout the west coast. In 1999 and 2012 he was named the USASA Region IV Coach of the Year and in 2012 he also was honored by being named USASA Coach of the Year. In a long industrious career since 1984 and to the present, Chris also serves as the Head Coach at Westminster College and his program has consistently competed in the NAIA regional championships as well as winning several conference championships. To supplement his spare free time he also launched the S.S. Lazio club into the Utah Soccer Association which between 2008 & 2013 have won five State Championships as well as four Daynes Challenge Cup Championships and are the newly established Super Cup winners in 2010-13. The club has established notoriety not only on the west coast, but nationally as well, annually being a strong competitor in the USASA National Amateur Cup championships having been Regional Champions in 2008 & 2013, finalists in 2007, 2011/12/14 in addition to competing at the USASA National Finals in 2008, 2011 & 2013. Chris also joined the USSF referee forces, officiating in the semi-pro Keystone Soccer League, Pittsburgh, PA from 1977-1981. He then added refereeing in the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) as a referee for three years (1978-81), under Joe Machnick, Chief Referee and Operations Manager. In his administrative soccer life from 1988 to the present, he serves as the Executive Vice President of the Utah Soccer Association.

2009 Hall Of Fame
Chris Dorich





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Utah Soccer Association4476 S. Century Drive, Suite B Salt Lake City, UT 84123(801)263-8166