Hall of Fame

High Plains Drifters Soccer Club

 

Drifters Hall of Fame

 

On February 9th 2013, the High Plains Drifters Soccer Club inducted the inaugural class for the Drifters Hall of Fame.  The Drifters Hall of Fame recognizes the contribution of the inductee to the High Plains Drifters.  Many of the individuals below gave significant amounts of time to the High Plains Drifters.   They continue to support soccer in some form or another, from coaching, playing, or simply passing their love of the game on to others.  All the members, past and present, of the High Plains Drifters Soccer Club congratulate the Drifters Hall of Fame class of 2013.

 

 Ashley Schevers

High Plains Drifters player 1995 – 2001

Played West Texas A&M University

Coach High Plains Drifters Academy and High Plains Drifters Coach

USSF “A” License

“I plan to continue to educate myself about the game as it is always changing and evolving.  Playing and coaching for the High Plains Drifters has given me the springboard for my passion for the game of soccer.  Without soccer, I would not have met some of my best friends, met my husband, learned hard life lessons, or have had the amazing experiences as both a player and coach.  Soccer is a major part of my life and I want to share that experience with the youth of today.  Hopefully, they too can pass the passion on as well.”

Ashley

 

Derik Sutten

High Plains Drifters player beginning 1992

Played West Texas A&M University

Jeff Jackson

High Plains Drifters Board Member

Joel Harrison

High Plains Drifters Director of Coaching

High Plains Drifters Coach

Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach West Texas A&M University

Les Sutton

High Plains Drifters Club Co-Founder

High Plains Drifters Coach

National C License Coach

Louis Rowell

High Plains Drifters Club Co-Founder

Director of Coaching

High Plains Drifters Coach

National “C” License

Nancy deJongh

High Plains Drifters Board Member

“Drifters taught us sacrifice, dedication, diligence, teamwork and trust, both on the field and off.  Drifters brought us success, compassion, bonding and life long friends.”

Nancy deJongh

 

Nicole deJongh

High Plains Drifters Player

West Texas A&M University Player

High Plains Drifters Coach

“As a player in the Drifters, it was not always easy going for me.  I went through phases where I struggled and phases where I excelled.  I was taught to not fear struggle as a negative outcome, rather its just part of the process to achieve growth and success.  Drifters was one of my main avenues for this, and it is something I carried with me throughout college and even today.  Just like in all things in life, Drifters was something I had to be dedicated to with hard work and determination in order to reap the benefits.  Even my coaching experiences in the club taught me this.  Through coaching, I got to see the organization from the other side, and I gained a new perspective and respect.

Being involved in the Drifters was a HUGE part of my childhood and my young adult life.  I can’t even sum up all the tools it has given me, which I still use and expand upon today.  I look back on those memories with great fondness and hope that other young athletes will one day look back and feel the way I do now.”

Nicole deJongh

 

Phil Massie

High Plains Drifters Coach

(One of the original Drifters Coaches)

Steve McBride

High Plains Drifters Coach 1993-2007

West Texas A&M University Assistant 2005-2007

Steve Welch

High Plains Drifters Board Member

High Plains Drifters Team Representative

Terry Cox

High Plains Drifters Club President

High Plains Drifters Team Representative

Vassar Cates

High Plains Drifters Player

Played for West Texas A&M University

USSF “B” License


2014 Inductees

Abe Lopez

High Plains Drifters Past President

Andrea Carpenter

High Plains Drifters Players

Played for Abilene Christian University

Karen Alstead

Team Manager

Club Manager


2015 Inductees

 

Left to Right (Terry Cox for John Cox, Phil Massie, Robert and Lou Anne Causey, Craig Henderson, Julie Rowell)

 

John Cox

ROLE

High Plains Drifters Player

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

8 years – Starting at U 11

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Played at WTAMU from 2008-2012

Voted defensive player of the year, junior year

Scholar athlete of the year, WTAMU 2011-2012

Graduated WTAMU class of 2012 B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Julie Rowell

ROLE

Co-Founder / Club Manager

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

1992 – 1994

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS

F License

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Co-authored a proposal with Butch Lauffer that was presented to the ASA voting body for the establishment of the Under 6 age group 3v3 playing guidelines.  these guidelines still exist today and replaced a system that had 22 U-6 players on the field at a time.

Instrumental in organizing the effort to move to UIL governed High School soccer.

Able to create productive working relationships with critical North Texas State Soccer officials.

Robert & Lou Anne Causey

ROLE

Parent

Team Manager

Volunteer

Poinsettia and Spring Bedding Plant Fund Raisers

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

1995 – 2005

STATEMENT

“When our kids first started playing soccer we knew NOTHING about the sport.  We came to love it partly because of the games itself, but also for the wonderful coaches, parents and kids we came to know through Drifters.  Our entire family has made life long friends through Drifters, which is the best reward you can have.

Our kids had the opportunity to travel internationally and play, but more importantly to experience and understand other cultures and traditions.  Since soccer is a global game it opens the world up to the players and gives them a chance to experience and understand more than “their own backyard.”

Our advice to current parents… Don’t put your focus on wins, losses, and scholarships, but focus on the time you get to spend with your kids.  Take advantage of those long drives to get to know them, love and support them when the losses occur, celebrate with them when the wins come and remember that this time in both your lives will come to an end all too soon.”

Robert & Lou Anne Causey

Craig Henderson

ROLE

Board of Directors

Club Business Manager

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

Late 90’s

Early 2000

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Revamped Corporate By-Laws

Organized Club Polices and Procedures

Reorganized Board of Directors Structure

Implemented fiscal controls

Under tenure funds were greatly increased

Reorganized and set up functional books and records

General business organization

Retrieved HPD name from Secretary of State when proper recordings were not filed

Assisted in Board of Directors restructuring

STATEMENT

“High Plains Drifters is an organization that is greatest asset is its Director of Coaching and his professional dedicated staff of qualified and more important caring coaches.”

Craig Henderson

Shawn Walker

ROLE

High Plains Drifters Player

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

1994 – 2000

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS

D License

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Played at WTAMU from 2000-2004

STATEMENT

“I appreciate everything soccer and the Drifters have given me.  My closest friends and best memories were made through soccer and the High Plains Drifters.  Looking back, had there not been a Drifters club team established for my age group when I was 13, my life would have definitely turned out differently.  Not necessarily in a bad way, but I would have not learned important values such as teamwork and dedication that have been an integral part in helping me succeed in my personal and professional life.”

Shawn Walker


2016 Inductees

Eddie Boyd ( past president)

ROLE

Past Club President

Wes Schevers

ROLE

Former coach

Omar Morales ( ex coach)

ROLE

Former coach

Sue Monahan

ROLE

Long time board member

Danny Fennel

ROLE

Long time board member

 


2017 Inductees

Debbie Briseno

ROLES

Team Representative

Hotel Coordinator

Board Member

YEARS WITH HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

1992 – 2105

Natalie Lewis

ROLE

High Plains Drifters Player

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Played soccer at Hardin-Simmons University

Drew Rowell

ROLE

High Plains Drifters Player

High Plains Drifters Coach

YEARS WITH THE HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS

Player 1994 – 1997

Coach – Present

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS

USSF Licensed Coach

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Played for West Texas A&M University

Brad Williamson

ROLE

High Plains Drifters Player

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Brad wishes to thank his teammates, at all levels, for their trust and respect.  Brad wishes to thank his coaches and his family.

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