ESU Alumnus Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame At Queens University of Charlotte
Fred Norchi graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania ,then East Stroudsburg State College, in 1973 and immediately jumped into his career with both feet on the field. He started by coaching soccer at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, S.C. In 1989, he began coaching both men’s and women’s soccer at Queens University of Charlotte, where he was inducted into the 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame last weekend.
Norchi paced the field as a soccer coach at Queens for 22 seasons. During his tenure, Norchi coached 10 All-Americans, was the conference Coach of the Year seven times, the Region Coach of the Year five times, and was in the running for national Coach of the Year. His career record of 245-102-25 was No. 17 all-time by winning percentage and No. 10 all-time wins when he retired. Today, Norchi’s record is No. 21 all-time by winning percentage, and No. 15 all-time in victories in NCAA Division II.
At Queens, he built both the women’s and men’s varsity soccer programs and coached both teams until 1996. That year he turned his focus solely on the men’s side. Norchi’s men’s team finished the season ranked within the top 25 in the nation nine times in the ISAA/NSCAA Coaches’ Poll, with the highest ranking of No. 7 in 1999. Additionally, his team participated in the NCAA tournament five times, and reached the Elite 8 twice.
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