Beyond the Touchlines: A History of Earlham College Men’s Soccer

Beyond the Touchlines: A History of Earlham College Men’s Soccer

By William C. Kashatus

234 pp. 187 color & b/w images.
ISBN: 0-87574-927-5 $15.00 soft cover 1997.

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Beyond the Touchlines: A History of Earlham College Men’s Soccer tells the special story of Earlham Soccer from its beginnings as a club sport in 1949 to the present. Inspired by the college’s Quaker values, the soccer program was established by Tom Brown, but earned national recognition under Charlie Matlack, whose 1963 squad captured the NAIA national soccer championship. Matlack, one of the pioneers of collegiate soccer in the Mid-West, was succeeded by Roy Messer, who guided the program into the 21st century. Messer’s teams were dominant in the 1980s and 1990s when Earlham joined the NCAA’s Division III.

Brown, Matlack and Messer were not only exceptional coaches, but also inspirational teachers who made the character development of their student-athletes their major priority. In the process, they turned out more than twenty All-Americans and dozens of physicians, attorneys, businessmen, college professors and teacher-coaches with strong ethical codes. Those alums will agree that a respect for diversity and the brotherhood of teammates were the most important lessons they learned on the soccer pitch.

Beyond the Touchlines was written to rekindle fond memories for those alum who helped craft the rich history of Earlham Men’s Soccer, inspire those who are now part of that tradition, and encourage prospective student-athletes to join a program and college that has the potential to change their lives in a profound and meaningful way.