During the summer of 1980, a young man from England named Steve
Clark enrolled at Plymouth State College. Clark aspired to earn a
college degree at Plymouth State and also to play intercollegiate
soccer. It would be an understatement to say that he succeeded on
When Steve Clark left Plymouth State College in 1984, he brought
with him a bachelor's degree, and he left behind an unprecedented
legacy of soccer success. Clark helped coach Gerd Lutter's teams
win 60 games from 1980 through 1983. PSC would earn national
tournament bids three different times and in 1983 the Panthers
advanced to the national Division III semifinals. A natural leader
and a quality individual, Clark was always well liked and respected
by both teammates and opponents.
Clark's individual statistics were as impressive as his team's
were. Clark scored a record 96 goals during his tenure at PSC, more
than twice as many as second leading all-time scorer. His 28 goals
in a single season is a record that may well never be broken.
Perhaps Steve Clark's most impressive achievement was his second
place finish in the 1983 Hermann Award balloting. College soccer's
equivalent to university football's Heisman Trophy, the Hermann
Award honors the nation's finest intercollegiate soccer player.
Clark finished a close second to Duke University's Mike Jeffries
for that most prestigious of awards.
After graduating from PSC, Clark went on to play professional
soccer, and recently completed a season competing in Finland
against some of the finest soccer teams from Scandinavia.
Three weeks ago, Steve Clark was honored with induction into
PSC's Athletic Hall of Fame-the first former student-athlete to be
so honored in his first year of eligibility.
If you would now direct your attention to midfield, we can now
witness the official presentation of Steve's #10 jersey to Steve by
Plymouth State College head soccer coach Gerd Lutter. The #10 will
never again be worn by a member of the PSC men's soccer team.