WP coach to be inducted into Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame
(Jan. 11, 2019) Terry Underkoffler started coaching soccer at the age of 24, and after 40 years of instructing hundreds of players and leading numerous teams, he will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan 26, at 1 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
“I am very humbled and honored to be included in such a prestigious group of men that pioneered the game in the state of Pennsylvania,” Underkoffler said. “I was fortunate to have super mentors as I grew as a coach, starting with my college coaches, Sheldon Chamberlain and Lee Hill, the first scholastic coach I worked with, Stephen Marcheski, and college coaches I worked closely with, Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley.”
Underkoffler said he looks back with great joy on the teams and players he got to work with and influence over the years. They are like family to him, he added.
“We laughed, sweated, pushed, encouraged, worked and improved and finished our time together with great pride,” he said. “That is what I love about coaching; the bonds that are built within a common goal.”
He said he takes great pride in coaching squads that did not have a good soccer reputation and turning them into top-20 area teams. Another accomplishment he is proud of is helping more than 10 goalkeepers make the United States National team pool from Pennsylvania.
“I cherished the time of coaching young players in the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Olympic development program. Their ‘thank yous’ fueled me to keep coming back,” the 64-year-old added. “Soccer has been more than just a game. It has built relationships and memories that will last a lifetime and hopefully influence more students to get into coaching and giving back to the game.”
Underkoffler began his career at Methacton High School in Pennsylvania, as a JV coach.
His first head coaching job was at Souderton High School in Pennsylvania in 1984. He took a team that had one winning season in 20 years and produced 11 consecutive winning seasons, five league titles, one perfect season and nine state playoff runs.
In 1994, he started coaching at Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsylvania. He was the first school coach to win both the PAC 10 championship for both girls’ and boys’ soccer.
In 2009, he helped lead Parkland High School to a 22-1-0 record and District 11 final.
Over the years, he has also coached a handful of club soccer teams and has received many awards and accolades.
He retired in spring 2010, but decided to return to coaching in 2012 at Worcester Prep. He has been leading the boys’ soccer program at the Berlin school ever since.
Underkoffler earned his 500th career win on Oct. 9, 2017. It was his 320th win coaching high school boys’ soccer. After the 2018 season, his current overall record is 514-150-9.
Currently, Underkoffler is a staff member with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, a position he has held for over 30 years. He has also been working with the United States Region I Girls Olympic Development Program for nearly 40 years.