Randy Garber

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Randy Garber
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-08-19) August 19, 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth Abington, Pennsylvania, United States
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1971-1972 Mercer County Community College
1973-1974 Penn State
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975-1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies 18 (1)
1976 Los Angeles Aztecs 0 (0)
1977-1978 Washington Diplomats 7 (0)
1978-1979 Cleveland Force (indoor) 20 (0)
1979 Detroit Lightning (indoor) 1 (0)
1980 Philadelphia Fever (indoor) 5 (0)
National team
1975 United States 1 (0)
Teams managed
Penn State (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Randy Garber is a former U.S. soccer midfielder who played four seasons in the North American Soccer League and two seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He earned one cap with the U.S. national team and currently coaches youth soccer in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Player[edit]

High school and college[edit]

Garber attended Abington Senior High School, graduating in 1971. He was inducted into the Abington Hall of Fame in 1998.[1] After graduating High School, he attended Mercer County Community College where he was an All American both years. He then attended Penn State University where he played on the men’s soccer team in 1973 and 1974. He was recruited by coach Herb Schmidt to play soccer at PSU. He was named a 1974 honorable mention (third team) All American.

Professional[edit]

In 1975, Garber signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. During one of his games, he played head to head against Pele and actually traded jerseys with him. He was traded in the middle of the 1976 season to the Los Angeles Aztecs. At the end of the season, the Aztecs sold Garber’s contract to the Washington Diplomats.[2] During the 1978-1979 off season, the Dips played a series of exhibition indoor games in which Garber was the team’s second leading scorer. The Dips released him in January 1979.[3] When released by the Dips, Garber joined the Cleveland Force of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Halfway through the season he injured his knee and was in rehab the rest of the season. He was later traded to the Detroit Lightning. The following season he played for the Philadelphia Fever, then retired.

National team[edit]

Garber earned his single cap with the U.S. national team in a 4-0 loss to Poland on June 24, 1975. He came off for Tim Logush in the 40th minute.[4]

Coach[edit]

Garber has coached extensively at the youth level, but he gained his start at his alma mater when he was an assistant to Penn State head coach Walter Bahr. Since retiring from playing, he has spent most of his career coaching youth in Roslyn, Pennsylvania where he was the 1996 NSCAA youth soccer coach of the year.[5] and the 1997 Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year.[6] He also coaches the Abington Senior High School boys soccer team, where he has been coaching for the past fifteen years. Recently after this past fall 2007 soccer season he was awarded the High School Coach of the Year by the Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Also, in the 2007 season his team reached the state playoffs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abington Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Diplomats and Their League Exhibit New Faces This Season Washington Post, The (DC) - Sunday, March 27, 1977
  3. ^ Diplomats Open Monday Washington Post, The (DC) - Sunday, February 4, 1979
  4. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979
  5. ^ NSCAA Coach of the Year
  6. ^ EPYSA Coach of the Year

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