PLATTSBURGH — The NYSPHSAA Boys’ Soccer Hall of Fame’s first-ever inductee back in 1994 was former Chazy coach George Brendler.
Since then, no other Section VII boys’ soccer coach — or official — has joined Brendler in this prestigious honor.
That, however, changed this past November when former Northern Adirondack coach Don Moulton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on final four weekend.
“It’s quite an honor,” Moulton said. “The room was full of men who are pretty accomplished at what they did. When I got word that I was being nominated, I didn’t expect to get in.
“The past inductees and new inductees, who were coaches and some others who were officials, are all super gentlemen.”
Moulton was nominated by Section VII boys’ soccer chairman and Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe, who knows something about success on a state level.
“I knew Rob was going to nominate me, but I didn’t know what to expect when I got down there (to Middletown),” Moulton said. “Rob said some really nice things about me.
“It was interesting that a coach who has won seven state championships was the one who nominated me.
“I always got along with George (Brendler) well — he’s a good man and was a great coach. I’m honored to be in the Hall of Fame with people like him.”
“The Hall of Fame is for coaches and officials who promote boys’ soccer,” McAuliffe said. “He not only won several sectional championships, but also competed well on a state level.
“He was one of the best soccer coaches ever in Section VII and I’m pleased that he was recognized for his success.”
Moulton’s varsity soccer coaching career officially began in the fall of 1983 and continued until 2003.
During that time, Moulton led his varsity teams to 11 Section VII championships, seven Champlain Valley Athletic Conference titles and four regional wins in Class C.