[AWARDS] Former U.S. Soccer secretary general Hank Steinbrecher was named as the 2012 recipient of the Werner Fricker Builder Award, named after the late U.S. Soccer president and awarded each year to an individual who has worked tirelessly at the national level in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advancement.
“Hank has been one of the most important people in developing and guiding the sport in this country,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Under his leadership, U.S. Soccer accomplished numerous achievements and earned respect across the world for the Federation’s success on and off the field. One of the most dedicated people in the sport over the past 30 years, Hank is truly deserving of the Werner Fricker Builder Award.”
Steinbrecher, a former college coach and marketing executive, was the CEO/Secretary General of U.S. Soccer from 1990-2000 during a period of explosive growth for soccer in the United States. The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Women's World Cup in 1999 and MLS was launched in 1996.
The New York native grew up playing soccer and won an NAIA national championship at Davis & Elkins College in 1970. Steinbrecher later became the soccer head coach at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State and Boston University.
Steinbrecher was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the Class of 2005 as a Builder. He became the Chairman of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in June 2011.