WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former Army West Point women’s soccer coach Gene Ventriglia has been voted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.
Ventriglia was the first coach women’s soccer at the school, elevating the team from club to varsity level.
He was crowned the Patriot League coach of the year six times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2008). The Black Knights captured four regular-season Patriot League titles (1991, 1992, 1993, 2002) and twice won the tournament title (1993, 2008) taking the team to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in 2008.
Ventriglia led guided the team to 14 Patriot League tournament appearances over a 17 years and mentored players who collected 73 All-Patriot League certificates. He compiled a 262-164-299 record over 23 years and a 67-32-12 regular season Patriot League mark.
He is part of a nine-member class that includes:
Rhonda Barush ’86, Rifle
Leamon Hall ’78, Football
Don Kutyna ’57, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Jack Price ’33, Football
Stewart Sherard ’62, Men’s Basketball Athlete and Assistant Coach
Kenny Smith ’67, Baseball, Hockey
Cardell Williams ’83, Men’s Track & Field
Ron Zinn ’62, Olympian
The honorees will be inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 9. A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Athletic Center, with the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. The group will also be recognized during Army’s West Point football game against Princeton the next day at Michie Stadium.