March 18, 2014

Men’s Soccer Announces Zisson Family Assistant Coaching Chair

Zisson Family Dedication Photo Gallery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than 100 members of the Brown men's soccer community convened at the Hope Club in early February to share in the program's successes of the past year. During a special presentation led by Brown University Sports Foundation Executive Director Davies Bisset '85, the Zisson Family Assistant Coaching Chair for Men's Soccer was conferred.

"I can't thank Bill and Nancy Zisson enough for this incredible gift and their support of the men's soccer program," said Friends of Men's Soccer Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. "The creation of two endowments for the program will have a huge impact for both our present and future players."

The endowed chair and an endowed international travel fund were created through the generosity and leadership of William J. Zisson '63, P'91 and Nancy Steinhaus Zisson '65, P'91.

In addition, the men's soccer program announced the 2013 award winners at the annual team banquet.

The Cliff Stevenson Award is presented to the team's most valuable player.  The award was established in 1968 in the name of Cliff Stevenson, who coached the Bears for 31 seasons, 1960–1990, with a record of 251-160-26. 2013 Award Recipient: Tariq Akeel (Rochester Hills, Mich.)

The Captain John Sherman '62 Award is given to the current player who, by virtue of his exemplary dedication, mental and physical toughness, sense of duty and honor, best represents the legacy of Captain Sherman. 2013 Award Recipient: Jack Kuntz (Chatham, N.J.) 

The William Margeson Coaches' Award is presented to the player who, through sportsmanship and character, made a unique contribution to the team. 2013 Award Recipient: Tim Whalen (Amston, Conn.)

The Class of 1937 Trophy is awarded to the player who contributed most to the team.  Established in 1967, it is the oldest award the men's soccer team presents to a player. 2013 Award Recipient: Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, Conn.)

The Britton Chichester Award is presented to the first-year player who best exemplifies sportsmanship through dedication, perseverance, fair play, leadership, spirit, and support of his teammates and coaches, as selected by his teammates. 2013 Award Recipient: Mike Leone (Saint Clair Shores, Mich.)

The Thomas Gertken Award recognizes the top defensive player on the team. 2013 Award Recipient: Alex Markes (Valencia, Calif.)

The Heinz Kuebel Award is given to the best offensive player on the team. 2013 Award Recipient: Jose Salama (Madrid, Spain)