PLATTSBURGH — The NYSPHSAA Boys’ Soccer Hall of Fame’s first-ever inductee back in 1994 was former Chazy coach George Brendler.
Since then, no other Section VII boys’ soccer coach — or official — has joined Brendler in this prestigious honor.
That, however, changed this past November when former Northern Adirondack coach Don Moulton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on final four weekend.
“It’s quite an honor,” Moulton said. “The room was full of men who are pretty accomplished at what they did. When I got word that I was being nominated, I didn’t expect to get in.
“The past inductees and new inductees, who were coaches and some others who were officials, are all super gentlemen.”
Moulton was nominated by Section VII boys’ soccer chairman and Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe, who knows something about success on a state level.
“I knew Rob was going to nominate me, but I didn’t know what to expect when I got down there (to Middletown),” Moulton said. “Rob said some really nice things about me.
“It was interesting that a coach who has won seven state championships was the one who nominated me.
“I always got along with George (Brendler) well — he’s a good man and was a great coach. I’m honored to be in the Hall of Fame with people like him.”
“The Hall of Fame is for coaches and officials who promote boys’ soccer,” McAuliffe said. “He not only won several sectional championships, but also competed well on a state level.
“He was one of the best soccer coaches ever in Section VII and I’m pleased that he was recognized for his success.”
Moulton’s varsity soccer coaching career officially began in the fall of 1983 and continued until 2003.
During that time, Moulton led his varsity teams to 11 Section VII championships, seven Champlain Valley Athletic Conference titles and four regional wins in Class C.
The Bobcats reached the New York State final four in 1995 and 1996, and Northern Adirondack played in the state championship game in 1996.
“Coach Moulton’s calm demeanor allowed his players the freedom to carry out an aggressive and exciting style of play,” former Northern Adirondack Director of Athletics Jon Rebideau said. “His players liked and respected him and flourished under his ‘out of the limelight’ coaching style.”
True to form, the soft-spoken Moulton had more to say about Northern Adirondack and the players he coached.
“We were able to win a lot of games for our school and Section VII,” he said. “We also had success in the state tournament.
“I had to give a little speech at the induction and I talked about how fortunate I was to have the kids we did at that time and the support of the school where we had a 20-year run of success.
“We had good kids every year and the school was supportive. We had quite a run over those 20 years.”
Moulton spent his childhood in Lyon Mountain and later graduated from Peru. He attended Ithaca College and eventually held the position of physical education teacher at Northern Adirondack where he made notable contributions to its overall athletic department.