An A-Z list of soccer administrators in South Bend


  • Bellina Jr, Joe – started a soccer team at Saint Joseph Grammar School and organized the first Catholic soccer league in the late 1970s, and later the Michiana Soccer Association youth leagues.
  • Beyrer, Chuck – a statistician for John Adams High School’s soccer program in the 1980s and ‘90s, and the Tallman Beyrer Field was eventually named after him.
  • Hofman, Pheobe – early secretary and financial administrator for Jr Irish Soccer Club, and wife of Hank.
  • Kleiser, Joe – started the Saint Anthony de Padua soccer team and the Catholic soccer league (mixed-gender league), before taking the lead role at the Michiana Soccer Association when Henry Veldman relocated.
  • Manta, Mario – founded Indiana Invaders FC.
  • Max, Patrick – became a player, coach, and member of the Michiana Soccer Association executive board after his four children took up soccer.
  • McCourt Sr, Bruce – a president on the first board of the Michiana Soccer Association. He also bought four teams in South Bend and supplied two soccer pitches in Granger.
  • McCourt Jr, Bruce – current president of the Michiana Soccer Association and son to McCourt Sr.
  • Palmer, Mike – played for Notre Dame Fighting Irish before becoming heavily involved with Indiana Invaders as a coach and administrator.
  • Parisi, Roberto – provided financial support for South Bend Stallions.
  • Payne, Dan – former director of a German sports club called American Turners, before starting SoccerZone.
  • Tallman, Jim – founded the Michiana Soccer Association and the first local youth league.
  • Van Meter, Tom – a founder of Junior Irish Soccer Club.
  • Veldman, Henry – elected as the first director of the Michiana Soccer Association, and founded the Orangemen with his two brothers, Al and Ted.
  • Webber, Walt – invited teams from South Bend to play against St Joe Kickers in Michigan, and hosted festivals that combined German culture with soccer.

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