Men’s soccer coach to be inducted into Athletics HOF
Student athletes nationwide thrive to leave a legacy behind. They dream of the day that their name will be hung up for all eyes to see. Gerson Echeverry did that in his tenure at Seton Hall, culminating with his most recent accolade: an induction into the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame.
As a four-year starter, Echevery led Seton Hall to back-to-back Big East regular season titles as well as three appearances in the NCAA tournament. In the 1991 season he put on a stellar performance scoring 52 points that season, the third highest point total in the nation. He obtained Third-Team All American honors and was also a three time All-Conference player. With all these achievements, Echeverry never expected his most recent accolade.
“It was definitely overwhelming,” he said. “It was a shock and a surprise, I wasn’t expecting it. It is an extreme honor to receive such a call up.”
Echeverry came to Seton Hall in 1990 and immediately earned a starting job. His success in high school and his club team led former coach, Manfred Schellscheidt, to have high hopes for the young star.
“I knew the team, my expectations were to get a starting job and contribute to the team,” Echeverry said. “There were high expectations and I guess I met some.”
With a very modest and humble attitude, Echeverry never had his sights set on the Hall of Fame or any other accolades.
“I don’t think when you’re playing you expect to be a hall of famer,” he said. “Do you strive for it? Yes. But I was never really one to look too far ahead. I was always looking to be ready for the next thing, and that’s how I prepared.”
Born and raised in Paterson, N.J., Echeverry always had a very close affiliation with Seton Hall. At the age of fifteen he played on a club team under Schellscheidt and was always very drawn to the Hall.
“I want high school students and other people to see Seton Hall l as I saw it,” Echevvery said. “I want them to see it as a place to come and play great soccer, be in a fantastic league, and aspire to be a professional.”
Echeverry and four other Pirates, former men’s basketball player Andre Barrett, former shortstop Rico Bellini, wrestler Joe Burke and swimmer Jen Heider-Berenyi will be inducted on June 10.
Justin Geringer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.