ONEONTA, N.Y.--Stephen H. Baumann, a former men’s soccer player and athlete at Penn, was named the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s president and chief operating officer.The Chairman of the Board of the Nation Soccer Hall of Fame, Doug Willies, made the announcement May 11 in Oneonta, N.Y.
“What is unique about Steve,” said Willies, “is that, not only does he have the broad-based non-profit management and museum experience that we were seeking, but he also has a rich background in soccer. This unique combination should hold the Hall in good stead, and we are confident that he will be able to move the Hall to another level.”
Baumann lettered in soccer (1971-73) and football (1971) at Penn. A first-team All-America selection in 1973, he was named to the Quakers’ Soccer All-Century Team in 2005. More than 30 years later, he still holds the Penn records for assists in a game, season and career.
He helped the Red and Blue capture back-to-back Ivy League titles (1971, 1972), and captained the Quakers in his final season (1973) when he led the team to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round.
After graduation, Baumann played three seasons with the Miami Toros of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He earned his masters from the University of Virginia, and spent 10 years coaching high school and club teams before taking the reins of the Penn soccer team as head coach from 1987-92.
“I am delighted with this opportunity,” said Baumann. "I look forward to the new challenges presented by this position. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that allows me to couple my museum career with my lifelong passion for soccer, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Located in Oneonta, N.Y., the National Soccer Hall of Fame is an interactive multimedia museum that opened in 1999.