Dec. 11, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California head coach, alumnus and administrator Bob DiGrazia was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame, the NSCAA announced this week. The late DiGrazia, who coached at Cal from 1952-80, will be inducted into the NSCAA's Hall of Fame on Jan. 15 during the annual convention for the coaches' governing body to be held from Jan. 13-17 in Philadelphia. The coaching legend produced an all-time record of 202-133-39 at the helm of the Golden Bears program.
"This is a great tribute to Bob and his family to be elected into the NSCAA Hall of Fame," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "The NSCAA are the best educators of soccer in our country, and it's only fitting that Bob would be recognized as one of the best soccer coaches in the country. We're happy for his wife, June, and his family."
DiGrazia passed away in December 2006. Cal's Bob DiGrazia Scholarship Fund, created in 2004, honors his legacy.
Also a player for the Bears, DiGrazia earned the program's first All-America honor as a senior in 1950. He returned in 1952 to become Cal's head coach for 29 seasons. DiGrazia led Cal to its first two NCAA tournament appearances, in 1960 and 1977. He was named the 1977 Far West Region Coach of the Year, and, in 1983, he earned the 43rd annual Honor Award from the NSCAA.
Fifteen Bears collected a total of 19 All-American honors under DiGrazia, with former greats Dan Salvemini (an All-American in 1976, 1977 and 1978), Pablo Dibos Perez (1957 and 1958) and Tim Tarpley (1964 and 1965) collecting multiple awards.
An assistant athletic director at Cal for six years after his coaching career ended, DiGrazia was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1991. He also served as the Executive Secretary of the Big C Society for several years, as the chair of the "Friends of Cal Soccer" booster organization for years and as the Executive Secretary of the NSCAA for 12 years.
The NSCAA will induct former U.S. national team coach Bob Gansler into its Hall of Fame on Jan. 15 along with DiGrazia.