ATHENS – The Ohio University men’s football teams from 1967 to 1974 will hold a meeting from September 30 to October 30. 2 at The Hampton Inn in Athens.
Participants will come from across the country, Mexico and Thailand for the first meeting since 2015.
From 1967 to 1974, the men’s soccer team produced more than a dozen All-Ohio Collegiate Soccer Players and three All-Americans. They were nationally ranked and won NCAA Tournament berths two years in a row in 1971 and 1972, losing in the 1972 quarterfinals to the University of St. Louis, who won the tournament that year. Also in 1971, the team toured Great Britain and recorded a 5-1-1 record against several British universities and professional teams.
“We are very excited to be able to welcome such an enthusiastic and passionate group of alumni to Athens.” Spencer Milne, assistant director of athletics for the Ohio Bobcat Club at Ohio University, said. “Our men’s football program has such a rich history and these gentlemen have left a lasting impact on our university. It is evident that Ohio has left a mark on their lives and we are truly proud of their accomplishments.”
In the late 1970s, austerity measures resulted in the discontinuation of the varsity men’s football program. A varsity women’s soccer program was established in 1997 and continues today.
As part of the meeting, soccer players and their spouses will arrive early to watch the women’s soccer game on September 29 in Athens against Miami University of Ohio in a Mid-American Conference match.
A reception and dinner with former players and the women’s team will be held Friday from 6pm to 9pm at the Hampton Inn. On Saturday, the group will visit the sports facilities that have been improved over the past 50 years, followed by free time to enjoy all that is new and old at the university.
A reception will be held Saturday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the open-air pavilion at Shade Restaurant, 994 E. State St. in Athens.
For more information, contact William H. Jackson at Jackson.firstname.lastname@example.org or 609 513-9868.