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Ed Holcroft
Soccer Coach • Kennett

Edmund L. Holcroft (born in Ocean City, NJ, in 1935) is an athlete, teacher, and coach who was active in Chester County. He later lived in Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School where he excelled in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He went on to college at West Chester State Teachers College (West Chester University) where he majored in Health and Physical Education. While at West Chester, he played soccer under Mel Lorback and baseball under Glenn Killinger. Upon graduation in 1956, he was hired to teach at Pequea Valley School. While there, he started the Pequea Junior High soccer program. In 1959, he was hired to teach and coach soccer at Kennett High School in Kennett Square. At Kennett, he coached soccer for 34 years. His combined record in coaching was 384 wins, 192 losses, and 80 ties. In 1992, Ed was named regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches of America. The 1992 team was undefeated in the regular season and won the Southern Chester County League title. They had 12 shutouts and were the top seed in the PIAA District I Class AA playoffs. They were eliminated in the semi-finals and ended with an 18-1-1 overall record. Holcroft’s numerous honors include the Chris Jones Memorial Award from West Chester University, Southern Chester County Coach of the Year, Daily Local News Coach of the Year, Pennsylvania Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and induction into the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. He has also had experience selecting, evaluating, and staffing international, national, and various state camps and festivals. Looking back at Ed’s high school teams, he won one district title at Pequea Valley and three District titles at Kennett. Nine of his players were selected to All-State teams, 29 were captains of their college teams, two were High School All-Americans, and 24 are now or have been coaches at the high school and college level. In addition to his many soccer activities, Ed found time to play baseball for the Red Men in the West Chester Adult Baseball League. Ed’s divides his time between West Chester and Florida.
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