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Louie Nanchoff

Soccer has played a prominent role in Louie Nanchoff’s life. A native of Resen, Macedonia, formerly Yugoslavia, he came to the United States as a 12-year old and went on to excel for Akron Central-Hower High School, The University of Akron, U.S. Olympic team and in the professional ranks. He followed brother, George, a 1987 Hall of Famer, to UA where they lead the Zips to Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association titles and NCAA post-season play in 1975 and ’76. Together, Louie (22) and George (18) scored 40 of UA’s 50 goals as the 1975 squad posted an 11-1-1 record before dropping a 2-1 game to 10-time national champion St. Louis in NCAA action. The highlight of Louie’s college career came in 1976 when he and George were voted first team All-America. It was the first time in nearly 30 years of formal All-America selections that brothers were so honored in the same year. Louie made the All-America team in 1977, as well, before beginning a 10-year career in the professional ranks on such teams as the Colorado Caribous, Philadelphia Fever, Dallas Sidekicks and the Cleveland Force. He was the leading scorer on the U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

Inducted 1996 | Soccer