Len Oliver, founder of the VA-DC Soccer Hall of Fame and a member of the 2001 Inaugural Class, passed away Sunday, July 24th.
Oliver, a native of Philadelphia, Oliver enjoyed a playing career that included four national championships, professional and All-Star play in the American Soccer League, the US Pan American Team (1963) and the US Olympic Team (1964). Oliver played with the Central Valet and Washington Internationals in Washington in the early 1960’s, winning league titles and the Stewart Cup. He played with the Washington All-Stars against foreign touring teams and is the only DC resident ever to make a US National Soccer Team. Oliver holds a USSF “A” Coaching License, is Director of Coaching for the DC Stoddert Soccer League and serves on VYSA’s State Coaching Staff. He was inducted into the USSF National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1996, received VYSA’s “Adele Dolansky Exemplary Service Award” in 1997, was named to the Philadelphia Old-timers Hall of Fame in 1998, and received the NSCAA’s Youth Long Term Achievement Award” in 1999. On March 21, 2015, Len will be inducted into the inaugural class for the newly-founded Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association’s Hall of Fame.