Birmingham-Southern names soccer field to honor Preston Goldfarb

Birmingham-Southern names soccer field to honor Preston Goldfarb
Preston Goldfarb with family, former and current players, BSC President Gen. Charles Krulak, and BSC Athletics Director Joe Dean, Jr. (photo by Pamela Venz)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Prior to today's Birmingham-Southern men's soccer game against Rhodes, Head Coach Preston Goldfarb was honored for his 31 years of service to the college as the field at BSC Soccer Park was officially named Preston Goldfarb Field.

Goldfarb, who came to the Hilltop to start the men's soccer program in 1983, is in his 31st season as Head Coach. He owns a career coaching record of 337-236-49 and has excelled at three different levels of collegiate competition. In the NAIA from 1983-2001, the Panthers won 10 conference titles, appeared in the national semifinals twice, and played for the 1996 national championship. At the NCAA Division I level from 2002-2007, Goldfarb led BSC to back-to-back Big South Conference regular season championships in 2004 and 2005. And now in NCAA Division III, BSC was ranked in the top 25 this season for the first time in program history after starting the season 6-0.

In 30 seasons, Goldfarb has coached 30 All-Americans, 41 Academic All-Americans, and 11 soccer student-athletes who were members of Phi Beta Kappa. One of the highlights of his career happened this past summer in Jerusalem, where he coached the U.S. Men's Soccer team to the gold medal at the World Maccabi Games. It was the first gold medal for the U.S. in men's soccer.

Goldfarb and his Panthers won today's game against Rhodes College, 3-0, and now stand at 7-3-1 on the season. They are in action again at home next weekend, facing Centre on Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m., and Sewanee on Sunday, Oct. 13, at noon on the newly-minted Preston Goldfarb Field.