An A to Z list of influential soccer players in South Bend


  • Bella, Joe – played soccer in South Bend for several decades, starting in the 1950s.
  • DiBernardo (‘Dibo’), Paul – former US national team player who was heavily involved in the US Soccer Olympic Development Program, later becoming the store manager of Soccer House in South Bend and was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Croy, John – talented high school soccer player at John Adams who, despite moving out of the area, would return to play recreational adult soccer in South Bend and help out in SoccerZone.
  • Gioletto, Marian (‘Gio’) – pioneer women’s soccer player in South Bend.
  • Kellenberg, Tom – played, coached, and refereed soccer in Michiana.
  • Manta, Mario – played for University of Notre Dame and South Bend Stallions, as well as indoor soccer.
  • Marshall, Bruce – played, coached, and refereed soccer in Michiana.
  • Tallman, Jim – organized pick-up games with local players at Notre Dame fields in the 1970s, before adult leagues had formed.
  • Van Laecke, Amy – pioneer women’s soccer player in South Bend.

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