Nicky Megaloudis will be inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Saturday.
Ceremonies will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y.
He will be inducted into the Hall, along with Doc Lawson, Peter Jianette, John Lignos, Jean Varas and Mary Theresa Varas.
Peter Collins, the late president of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, will receive the Paul LeSueur Ambassador of the Game Award.
The Hall also will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Arrows, who won their fourth and final Major Indoor Soccere League championship in 1982.
Megaloudis played professionally for the Arrows, as well as the Houston Summit, Las Vegas Americans (MISL) and for the Houston Hurricane (North American Soccer League). He was a well-known soccer figure in the German American and Greek American Soccer Leagues with the renowned New York Atlas.
He also was an All-American at Long Island University, and a member of the U.S. men’s youth national team and Youth Olympic team.
Megaloudis also earned his USSF A Coaching License in 1993.
His coaching resume ranges from the youth area as director of coaching for Pinecrest SC (Miami, Fla.) and Strike Force SC (Miami, Fla.). He has also worked as an ODP staff coach with Region IV, Nevada and Florida.
Megaloudis’ resume also includes coaching in the professional ranks with the Miami Fusion (Major League Soccer) Florida Strikers (United Soccer League.
In 2017, Megaloudis returned to his New York roots and joined the fine staff of the Manhattan SC, where he works today.
“The Class of 2022 is an extraordinary example of the amazingly rich history of soccer on Long Island,” LISPHOF founder Kevin L. McCrudden said. “In the early days of men’s and women’s soccer in America, you can find the footprints of some of the greatest and most influential players in America on Long Island. Never mind one of the most influential people in American soccer history, Mr. Peter Collins. Truly one of the ‘founding fathers’ of youth soccer on Long Island and America.”
Added Hall executive director Jim Kilmeade: “The Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame not only represents world class athletes, but world class human beings. On behalf of our board of directors, we look forward to learning about their individual life stories and are honored to induct this distinguished Class of 2022. These seven individuals have collectively inspired and impacted the lives of thousands of young soccer players, coaches and fans across Long Island and the Country. We look forward celebrating the 1981-82 national champion – NY Arrows and the careers of Doc Lawson, Peter Jianette, Mary Theresa Varas, Jean Varas, Nick Megaloudis John Lignos and the man at the forefront of the sport on Long Island, Mr. Peter Collins.”