A Celebration of Life for Ron Newman will be held in Tampa, Fla. Sunday.
Newman’s family will honor and remember the late soccer coach at Valencia Lake Clubhouse, located at Valencia Lakes Dr., Wimauma, Fla. from 3-6 p.m.
Newman, a legendary soccer coach who won championships in four U.S. soccer leagues, passed away in Tampa, Fla. Aug. 27. He was 82.
On Sept. 1, Newman’s former club in England, Portsmouth F.C. gave him a proper tribute prior to its 3-0 home victory over Plymouth at Fratton Park.
Instead of a moment of silence, the fans gave the former forward a minute’s applause.
The family will hold another Celebration of Life at the North American Soccer League’s 50th anniversary reunion at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas Oct. 20-21.
“We will be there to honor and celebrate our dad,” his daughter Tracey Wilkinson wrote on Facebook.
Another Celebration of Life is planned for San Diego, Calif. in mid-November, she added, with a fourth one targeted for Portsmouth, England in late spring.
“The Newman family will be celebrating the life of a wonderful man,” Wilkinson wrote. “Plans are being made and will be published shortly.”
Newman’s career spanned 45 years as a player and a coach, which included 13 clubs, four American leagues and 12 indoor and outdoor championships. He is best known for coaching the San Diego Sockers to 10 titles over 11 North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League seasons, finishing his indoor career with the Arizona Sandsharks in the Continental Indoor Soccer League and the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) in Major League Soccer.
Newman’s success could be attributed to his soccer knowledge, motivational skills and his ability to get his point across to players and a sense to find humor in many, if not all situations.
For the record, Newman finished with a 753-296-27 mark in both versions of the game.