SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Steve Freeman Lead Florida Tech to Two National Championships

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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME SPOTLIGHT

ABOVE: Steve Freeman lead the Panthers to the Division II national soccer championship in 1988, the school’s first national title in any sport. Freeman was a four-time All-SSC, All-State and All-South Region first-team selection, and a two-time All-American in 1988 and 1989. He led the Sunshine State Conference in scoring as a junior and senior with 53 points and 45 points respectively. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Steve Freeman was the first of many highly talented soccer “imports” during the legendary reign of Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame member and legendary Florida Tech coach Richard Stottler.

Freeman’s passing ability and his talent in striking and bending the soccer ball were world-class.

The native of Richmond, England led the Panthers to the Division II national soccer championship in 1988, the school’s first national title in any sport.

Freeman was a four-time All-SSC, All-State and All-South Region first-team selection, and a two-time All-American in 1988 and 1989. He led the Sunshine State Conference in scoring as a junior and senior with 53 points and 45 points respectively.

He scored 51 goals and added 59 assists during his college career and played professionally for Orlando and was named a league All-Star in 1997.

“Steve was a highly dedicated and determined leader with the soccer team at Florida Tech and was integral to the upstart Panthers meteoric rise to the top of NCAA soccer,” said former Panther coach Giles Malone.

SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE STEVE FREEMAN, second from left, was the first of many highly talented soccer “imports” during the legendary reign of Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame member and legendary Florida Tech coach Richard Stottler, pictured below right. Above, left to right, are Dylan Lewis, Freeman, Bino Campanini, Robin Chan, Figi Haig and Eddie Enders.(Florida Tech image)

Freeman was selected for the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame, and in 1995, Freeman was inducted into the Florida Tech Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Freeman turned professional with the Orlando Lions of the USISL. In 1994, Freeman left the Lions to sign with the Cocoa Expos, but in June, he left the Expos to return to the Lions. In 1995 and 1996, Freeman began and ended each season with the Expos as they played in the USISL Premier League.

In 1997, he played for the Orlando Sundogs in their single year of existence in the USISL A-League.

In 1998, he moved to the Orlando Nighthawks in the USISL D-3 Pro League. In 2000, Freeman returned to the Cocoa Expos. In 2003, he began the season with the Central Florida Kraze but played three games for the Expos as well.

Today, as a highly successful businessman, Freeman supports his alma mater in a variety of ways as a member of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced the members of the Class of 2021 during a press conference.

For more than a century, athletes from Brevard County have been considered among the finest in America and their accomplishments are honored and immortalized by the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Plans are now in the works for the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame’s 11th induction ceremony, which will include compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.

The date and venue of the induction of the 2020 and 2021 Classes of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame will be announced later this month.

The 2020 induction ceremony event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SELECTED IN FOUR CATEGORIES

Nominees are chosen in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports. Special honorary recognition is also be bestowed upon individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.

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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021:

■ PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEE: Amber Torrealba, Skimboarding; Randy Pobst, Auto racing

■ COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Lynisha Nelson, Basketball; Bryan Cook, Baseball; Steve Freeman, Soccer

■ PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Julie Wollrath, Cross Country; Kaira Simmons, Track & Field; Cameron Harris, Jr., Football

■ AMATEUR/RECREATION CATEGORY INDUCTEE: Alli Penovich, Free Diving

■ COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Lee Mace, Football; Jim Oler, Basketball

■ SPORTS OFFICIAL INDUCTEE: Klaus Stafe

■ SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEE: Capt. Eric Ciocher

■ SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEE: Charles Clemente

■ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEE: Larry Garrison

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■ SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE: Rusty Buchanan

■ CHALLENGER AWARD INDUCTEE: Jordan Episcopo

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■ TEAM OF THE YEAR: Astronaut High School Bowling

■ LEGACY CHAMPIONS: Merritt Island Baseball, 1999-2000

■ SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Fred Gay

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Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and has so far inducted more than 190 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.

The main athletic building on the Melbourne Campus hosts the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, as portraits of the Hall of Famers are displayed on the wall in the building’s main hallway that runs parallel to the gym and outside the athletic department offices.

Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, Sports Editor Juan Rodriguez, Social Media Director Matt O’Hern, Assistant Editor Rhett Lighthall, Digital Producer Ron Lighthall, Production Director Brian Dillon, Sports Broadcaster Daryl Durand and Amateur Athletic Union President Rusty Buchanan.

The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event and the High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards are sponsored by Health First, Erdman Automotive, All Points, Clear Choice Health Care, Savings Safari, Friday Night Locker Room and Rock Paper Simple.

FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.

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The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced the members of the Class of 2021 during a press conference on Thursday. The main athletic building on the Melbourne Campus hosts the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, as portraits of the Hall of Famers are displayed on the wall in the building’s main hallway that runs parallel to the gym and outside the athletic department offices.
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