MCCC Assistant Soccer Coach Larry Povia and
Alum Bill Andracki To Be Inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame


Larry Povia, MCCC assistant soccer and goalkeeping coach, has been selected as a 2008 inductee into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame. He and six other inductees, including MCCC alumnus Bill Andracki ('89), will be formally honored at the NJCAA Division One Championship Soccer Banquet in Phoenix, AZ, in November.

One of only two assistant coaches ever to be inducted, Povia begins his 23rd season with the Vikings men's soccer team under Head Coach Charlie Inverso. He has helped lead the Vikings to the NJCAA Final Four 12 times in the past 22 years and to national titles in 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 2004 (five of the program's eight titles). He has trained a long list of MCCC All-Region and All-American players. His other duties include making travel arrangements for the team and serving as site coordinator for field usage by community groups. He was an original member of the Mercer National Tournament Association, a volunteer group that worked with the MCCC Athletics Department under the direction of Al Leister to host the NJCAA National Tournament on the college's campus from 1982 to 1990.

Assistant Soccer Coach Larry Povia

Povia spends his work days as an information technology manager for the State of New Jersey, but says his time after hours is devoted to Mercer soccer. "It has been very satisfying to work with these gifted athletes, who come from all different backgrounds. I feel I have worked with some of the best athletes in the country all these years. I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world."

Inverso is gratified that Povia is being recognized for his efforts. "Soccer is a team sport. That goes for the coaching end too," Inverso said. "Larry's knowledge of soccer and his dedication and commitment to the players at Mercer over the past 22 years is unmatched. The accomplishments of Mercer's soccer program are largely due to Larry's contributions." Inverso was inducted in the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mercer's second inductee is All-American goalkeeper Bill Andracki, who played for the Vikings during their 1988 national championship season. He went on to play at Rutgers University, where he led the Scarlet Knights to the national final and received NCAA All-American honors. In his professional career, he played for Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the Major Indoor Soccer League. He spent the final years of his career with the USL's Rochester Rhinos, where he helped the team capture three championships as well as an Open Cup Championship in 2001.

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