Paul Sanderson
Soccer Coach 
​Inducted in 2017
  
Paul “Sandy” Sanderson has been inducted to the Suffield Hall of Fame for his incredible contributions to the growth of soccer at both the high school and national levels of this sport.  In 2008 the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) inducted Sanderson for his tireless efforts promoting soccer.
 
Sanderson spent 26 years at Suffield Academy and coached the varsity soccer team for much of this time.  Over his 20-plus year coaching reign, his teams had a total of 156 wins while losing 72 and logging 22 ties.  Sandy co-founded the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association.  The league was comprised of nine teams in 1954.  In the next decade it tripled in size.  Today there are 50 member schools.  Since its founding, WNEPSSA is still considered one of the finest high school soccer leagues in the nation.  Several of its graduates have been college All Americans.
 
Sanderson worked tirelessly to connect the college game with the high schools.  He brought some of the best college teams to high school campuses for exhibition games followed by clinics for hundreds of coaches and players.  He played an integral role in making NSCAA what it is today — the largest coaches association in the world with over 25,000 members.  These members coach both genders at all levels of this sport.  NSCAA produces a national rankings program for colleges and high schools.  It also has an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year.  Paul Sanderson’s contributions to the sport of soccer are duly recognized by NCSAA.
 
Recognizing the growing popularity of the sport in Connecticut, Paul was a co-founder of the Hartford Bicentennials that played in the North American Soccer League.  He loved soccer and was a worthy champion of its growth and development.