The San Francisco Elite Academy, along with so many others across the nation, are mourning the passing of a San Francisco soccer legend. Steve Negoesco, former University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer coach and winner of four national championships and 22 conference championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 93.
Coach Negoesco, for whom the University of San Francisco’s soccer field is aptly named, positively impacted so many players, coaches and people that it’s impossible to measure. Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy has enjoyed a unique and close partnership with the University of San Francisco men’s and women’s soccer programs, and we are acutely aware that the relationship exists in no small part to the amazing work and accomplishments of Coach Negoesco. He will be truly missed but forever remembered.
A bay area soccer icon in his own right, John Doyle--former USF Don player, US National Team player and longtime professional player and coach--shared his thoughts about Coach Negoesco. “It’s a sad day when a man who was so influential to so many ways passes away," said Doyle. He had extraordinary real life experiences and he was always willing to take the time to share them with us. He gave me a chance at my dream school and always let me do what was best for my career, not always the USF soccer team. He said to me that what was good for you is good for the school. Many college coaches never let their players have that opportunity. I owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude in forming my career. Thank you, Steve. You are a legend and you will never be forgotten.”
Please read more via the links below on Coach Steve Negoesco and the many beautiful tributes being shared by those now honoring his memory.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Soccer America (subscription)
At the Academy, we're always working to help our players pursue their playing potential. This weekend we have multiple teams at the Fall NPL Showcase, where they're playing in front of over 125 college coaches. Next week, five teams are off to the prestigious Surf Cup College Showcase in San Diego, perhaps the most prestigious tournament in the nation. And on Saturday, at USF, we held a college recruiting workshop (led by four-year USF standout Mauricio Diaz De Leon) for two of our teams. It was an evening with tons of info, Q&A, pizza, as well as a multi-screen, FIFA video game tournament!! #United + Strength
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