First Class of Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame to Be Honored at Sunday’s Game
Posted: October 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Six former athletes and one coaching legend, who were formally inducted into the newly formed George Mason Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame on April 29, 2006, will be honored at halftime during the James Madison game on Oct. 22. The game begins at 2 p.m.
Mason men’s soccer alumni, along with family and friends, will be admitted free of charge to the contest and are invited to attend an alumni reception from 1-2 p.m. at George Mason Field. In addition, there will be a postgame reception at Brion’s Grille, located in the University Mall off Braddock Road and Route 123.
The inductees are former Head Coach Gordon Bradley (1985-2000) and players, Fred Thompson (1982-85), Tamir Linhart (1991-93), Eduardo Lima (1996-2000), Dennis Hamlett (1989-91) and Martin Dunphy (1986-89) and the late Mike Reynolds (1982-85).
Bradley served as men’s head soccer coach for 16 years and guided the Patriots to an overall record of 183-113-35 (.606), which still stands as the best winning percentage in Mason’s history.
Bradley was at the helm when Mason made its six NCAA appearances, with the last in 1996. Bradley played a key role in the planning and development of Major League Soccer (MLS), and he served as a color commentator on D.C. United’s local television broadcasts.
Three of his players – Dennis Hamlett, Rich Kotschau and Joseph Ado – advanced to the professional ranks and competed in the MLS. Bradley also had a large role in the success the Washington venue enjoyed during World Cup USA 1994. He helped to influence the Mexican national team to use Mason as its main training site, and he also judged for USA Today the performance of teams playing at RFK Stadium during the first and second rounds. He continued to help bring internationally renowned teams to train at George Mason Stadium while preparing for contests against the U.S. National Team in Washington. In June 1996, Bradley was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Mike Reynolds was a four-year starter for Mason, which compiled a 64-15-5 record during his career. Mike earned All-American honors in both his junior and senior years, and was named to the All-South Atlantic Region squad. In addition, Reynolds was named to the All-ECAC South team junior year and went on to earn All-CAA honors in 1985. He set a school record in career assists with 18, which was later broken. His collegiate career was capped by playing in the prestigious Senior Bowl. Reynolds was then drafted by the Baltimore Blast of the MLS. Reynolds’ life was cut short in 1991 after he suffered a stroke.
Fred Thompson played four years with the Patriots and ended his career with 98 points and 40 goals, which rank fourth and fifth in Mason’s record books, respectively. Thompson was a two-time All-South Atlantic Region honoree. He earned All-ECAC South honors his junior year and was named to the All-CAA squad in 1985. Thompson played professionally for eight years as a defender for the Baltimore Blast of the MISL, Tacoma Stars of the MSL and Sacramento Knights of the CISL. Thompson was the starting sweeper for the Jamaica National Team from 1988 to 1990. Currently, Thompson is heading into his third year as the men’s head coach at Bowling Green University.
Linhart, who became just the fifth player in Mason’s history to be named an NSCAA All-American twice, played just three years with the Patriots. Linhart earned All-CAA, All-Virginia and all-South Atlantic Region first team honors in 1992, was also named league player and received All-CAA and All-Virginia First Team nods senior season. The Israel native led the conference in scoring for two straight seasons and currently stands second in Mason’s record books with 49 goals, third with 114 points and sixth with 156 shots.
Lima completed his four-year career at Mason as one of the greatest players to ever wear the green and gold. He was a three-time All-CAA First Team honoree (1997, 1998 and 2000) and became the first Patriot to earn All-Virginia First Team honors three times. On the Patriot all-time lists, Lima still ranks first with 119 points and 251 shots, tied for first with 23 assists and third with 48 goals. In his final season, Lima netted a goal in seven straight games, which tied the school record. Lima was also the first Patriot to have more than 30 goals and 20 assists in a career.
Denis Hamlett was a three-year starter for Mason in the defensive backfield from 1989 to 1991. Hamlett earned All-CAA honors twice during his career, first as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and then at Mason his senior campaign. In addition, Hamlett was an All-South Atlantic Region pick in 1991. During the 1989 and 1990 seasons, the Patriots permitted only 39 goals in 46 games for an average of only 0.85 goals per game, which helped lead to a combined 25-13-6 record and an invitation to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
Martin Dunphy played four years for the Patriots under Head Coach Gordon Bradley. In his first three years, Dunphy allowed only 47 goals in 57 games for a 0.82 goals against average and also accumulated 18 shutouts. A two-time All-CAA selection, Dunphy was an All-American nominee in 1988.