Tom Mulroy covering Pele back in the day. (Photo courtesy of Tom Mulroy)

Former soccer player Tom Mulroy leads a class of six honorees for the 44th annual induction banquet of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame at the Pearl River Elks Club in Nanuet, N.Y. Saturday, April 22.

Reception is at 6 p.m. followed by the induction program at 7 p.m.

This year’s roster of inductees includes Mulroy, Ramapo High School class of 1974; Al Taylor, Nyack class of 1960; Jerome Whidbee, Nyack class of 1966; Phil Donnelly, Pearl River class of 1993; John Castellano, Nyack football coach. and track official Fred Adler, the Joseph Holland Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

“Each year’s class takes on a distinctive character and this year’s group is defined by achievement at the highest echelons of their respective sports,” Hall of Fame chairman Pete Scheibner said in a statement “We have athletes who excelled in multiple sports, single-sport stars, and a coach and official who reached state and national prominence. Rockland County continues to produce outstanding athletes year after year, so there is no shortage of qualified candidates for future years.”

Mulroy is one of the most accomplished soccer players Rockland County has ever produced. After leading Ramapo High School to county and Section IX championships as a first-team All-Rockland selection, he earned first-team All-America honors at Ulster County Community College, pacing the Senators to a final four berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He then embarked on a 13-year pro career with 13 teams in five indoor and outdoor leagues, including the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League.

After completing his pro career in the late 1980s, Mulroy made the transition to a career as a youth clinician, promoter and ambassador of the sport. He currently owns and operates his own sports marketing company, Miami-based Soccer Marketing & Promotions, and travels throughout the U.S. and worldwide promoting the “Beautiful Game” and staging highly visible soccer-oriented events.

On the international level, Mulroy served as a spokesperson for the 1994 World Cup, which the U.S. hosted, a consultant for World Cup Organizing Committee. He was a member of the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games executive committee in Atlanta, and was also a member of the USSF professional planning committee.

Tickets are $55 per person and $30 for children 12 and younger. Ticket deadline is April 14. For further information, contact Pete Castellano at 201-390-3245 or [email protected], or use the ticket form on the Hall of Fame’s website,

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at