Mel Lorback

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2011


Mel Lorback
Coach • West Chester

A native of Brockport (N.Y.) and a graduate of Brockport State, Mel made his mark as a professor and head soccer coach at West Chester State Teacher's College for 33 years. Lorback's 1961 team won the NCAA National Championship by defeating St. Louis University, 2-0. As a reward for his team's 14-0 record and the NCAA championship, Mel was named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In 1974, he would serve as president of the NSCAA. During Lorback's coaching career his teams won three conference championships, won six NCAA regionals, played in two NCAA semi-finals, and of course, won the 1961 championship. During his tenure 16 of his players were recognized as All-Americans. Mel served briefly in the Navy in World War II and would later serve in Korea with the U.S. Air Force from which he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Lorback died on August 31, 2004.
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