Excessive College Soccer: Corridor of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for the Virginia program
Not many high school soccer players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Virginia) can now after former Pittsburgh Steelers star Alan Faneca was named head coach on Monday.
The 13-year-old NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted August 8th alongside Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.
After the induction ceremony, however, it is again a matter of preparing the falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recent spring season in Virginia.
Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. For the last two seasons he was the offensive coach at Cox under Bill Stachelski, the school’s most successful coach, who is retiring as golf coach.
Stachelski set an 88-47 record and led the Falcons to their first playoff win in 2015.
“I don’t sell fantasies,” Faneca told the Virginian pilot in February. “I go out there and train soccer and develop the kids as soccer players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school.”
Cox is 35-17 for the last five seasons.
Faneca was an All-American from LSU before being drafted in the first round by the Steelers in 1998. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL’s All Decade team in the 2000s.
Faneca’s wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and her daughter is visiting Cox.