Five Contributors Inducted into
MCCC Soccer Hall of Fame


On Oct. 3, three Mercer soccer players and two long-time assistant coaches were inducted into the MCCC Soccer Hall of Fame. The 2008 inductees include players Kathy Creegan, Randy Garber, and Blamo Kwein, and assistant coaches Bill Daily and John Pietrowski. Head Coach Charlie Inverso was the presenter, handing out plaques, handshakes and hugs to the proud recipients.

Randy Garber ('72) is considered one of the greatest players ever to don a Mercer jersey. He was a two-time MCCC All-American in 1971 and 1972, when the Vikings achieved a combined record of 34-6 and back-to-back appearances at the nationals. He continued his academic and playing career at Penn State University, where he was named an All-American in 1974. He went on to play professional soccer in the NASL, most notably for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Following his professional career, he returned to Abington High School, from which he graduated in 1971, and has enjoyed a successful career as a varsity soccer coach and physical education teacher. Last season, he coached current Vikings midfielder Julian Ward.

A graduate of Bordentown High School, alum Kathy Shaw Creegan ('88) was captain and sweeper for the Vikings' 1988 women's soccer team, which placed third in the nation under Head Coach Bill Drake. Creegan met her husband, alum John Creegan ('00), a player on the men's team, in MCCC's athletic training room. Currently, she is an instructional aide for the Special Education program in Bordentown.

Blamo Kwein was a stand-out at Trenton Central High School before enrolling at MCCC in 1989. He led the 1991 Vikings to a 24-0 record, scoring 25 goals and being named an All-American. He scored the winning goal in the national championship game, played at the Mercer field, when he broke a 0-0 tie with 15 minutes remaining. He is the second leading scorer in MCCC history and is still active in Mercer County soccer, serving as a coach with the Glenn Myernich Soccer Foundation, which brings soccer opportunities to inner city youth.

A former stand-out at Bishop Egan High School and Bucks County Community College, Assistant Coach Bill Daily joined the Mercer staff in 1994 after coaching at Allentown High School. During the 14 years he has served on the coaching staff, the Vikings have won three national championships, have placed second four times and have made nine Final Four appearances for a combined record of 223 wins, 26 losses and 8 ties.

During John Pietrowski's 15 years as an MCCC assistant coach, the Vikings have won more than 230 games, competing in the national Final Four nine times and winning the national championship three times. An MCCC alum ('58) who completed his bachelor's degree at Trenton State College (now TCNJ), Pietrowski coached at Northern Highlands High School for 27 years, where he won four state sectional titles and 16 league championships. He was named Suburban Coach of the Year four times.

Assistant Coach Johh Pietrowski with Coach Inverso

Randy Garber, right, with Coach Inverso
Kathy Creegan with Coach Inverso
Blamo Kwein accepts his plaque.
Assistant Coach Bill Daily
with Coach Inverso

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