Honoring Soccer Legend Walter Bahr 1


BahrPatchPenn Stater alumnus and father of PSU Keeper Danny Sheerin, Daniel Sheerin shared this story from MLS.com on Facebook. It is a wonderful story about US Soccer legend Walter Bahr. He began Penn State Men’s Soccer coach kn later years after Bill Jeffrey, US national coach and the one for whom Jeffrey Field is named.

According to Wikipedia: During his 14-year tenure at Penn State, the team was selected to the NCAA Tournament 12 times. He was NSCAA Coach of the Year in 1979 and elected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1995. His overall coaching record is 448 wins, 137 losses, and 70 draws.

I will always remember Walter because he came to Mack’s viewing. I did not know who he was at the time. The funeral director said he was “the Joe Paterno of soccer.” The next day I told the director, I had looked him up and Coach Bahr was no Joe Paterno. If anything, he was better. Walter was not only an exceptional coach at Penn State, he played pro soccer and for our national team. He is also an incredibly humble man who still comes to PSU games, but sits it the top of the stand, away from everyone else. He was also an incredible Penn State coach, something our university is not lacking.

When he came to offer his condolences he presented is with his US Soccer patch as a gift to Mack. That was just the beginning of realizing how incredible the soccer community is. Coach Bahr is simply one of the best and most humble men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. So is his current successor, Bob Warming. And so many others we have been fortunate to meet through soccer and Penn State


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  • Robert galvin

    I Played for coach Bahr in a winter league for the German Hungarian Club when I was in Neshaminy High School outside Philadelphia. His eldest son Casey and I played together there and later against Casey at Annapolis Naval Academy. One great Coach and family.
    Bob Galvin. PSU 69 Soccer