Robert Childs (Meritorious Service) – Inducted 2012
During and after a successful career as an Air Force officer, Bob spent 30 years as a volunteer soccer coach. He coached three travel teams, helping to develop some of the top players at Division One colleges. He focused on individual and team development, but also instilled in his players lessons that could be used throughout their lives – showing the best of sportsmanship and giving back to the sport and to society. Bob’s teams won 15 Virginia State Championships and were finalists 11 additional times. He pioneered U-20 and U-23 team competition for WAGS and championed starting U-17 competition. Bob was selected as VYSA’s Girls Competitive Coach of the Year in 1987, 1991, and
2008. He was also chosen as Region I US Youth Soccer Coach of the Year in 1991.