Eugene "Gene" Mishalow (Meritorious Service) - Inducted 2022
Gene Mishalow played collegiate soccer at Southern Illinois University from 1973 to 1976. He played professionally for the Washington Diplomats in 1977 and 1978 and the Cleveland Force in 1979.
Gene joined the Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) in 1980 and was the club’s first Technical Director. He was responsible for building the club’s infrastructure from scratch, hiring, and mentoring the coaching staff, and developing the playing curriculum and identity. The club flourished under Gene’s leadership developing a powerful local, regional, and national brand capturing 46 VYSA State Cup Championships, 17 USYS Region I Championships, and 1 USYS National Championship in the first 10 years. Over the course of Gene’s 28-year tenure as TD/DOC for BRYC, the club captured 102 VYSA State Championships, 29 USYS Region I Championships and 3 USYS National Championships.
In addition, to building the BRYC Travel Soccer program, Gene also enjoyed coaching success with youth, and adult programs at Northern Virginia Majestics as well as DC United. He was the Assistant Coach at George Mason University when in 1985 George Mason defeated UNC to become the Women’s NCAA Champions. In 2000, Gene was named the VYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year and the USYS Region I Boys Competitive Coach of the Year. In 2009, Gene was named the US Development Academy Director for McLean Youth Soccer. He served in that position from 2009-2011.