Joel Tomson Memorial Soccer Tournament
Joel became part of the Hyde Park soccer family in 1996 when he became a teacher and varsity boys soccer coach at F.D. Roosevelt High School. From the day he took over that position, he impacted every player's life in a special way.
Joel was highly respected by his peers and was regarded as one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the area. He had a true love for the game of soccer his whole life. This love for the game was demonstrated through his enthusiasm for the sport and compassion for his athletes.
Joel coached with the desire to win but instilled character, values and teamwork upon his players. He was a master at player development. He accomplished this not only by teaching them skills, but by teaching his players respect, dedication, teamwork and citizenship. He made his players work hard for that common goal - to win as many games as possible. However, he never lost sight of the soccer experience and always put smiles on his player's faces with his kidding nature. He was their coach and their friend.
We all remember how proud he was when his team won the MHAL championship in 2003. That win was for Joel. That was only a small way to say thank you for all he did for us through the years.
Coach, we thank you and we will never forget you. You have made us all winners.
FDR soccer players, families, and friends