USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Richmond Kickers’ Rob Ukrop has been announced as one of the 2016 inductees into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. A former player for the club, and now its President, Ukrop will be inducted alongside former NFL player James Farrior and NBA player Charles Oakley on April 30.
A native of Richmond, Va., Ukrop has left an indelible mark on soccer in Virginia. An All-American at Davidson College as he led the side to the 1992 College Cup, Ukrop was one of the key figures as the Kickers claimed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1995. He earned Open Cup Championship MVP honors after scoring the game-tying goal before the Kickers defeated the El Paso Patriots in a penalty shootout.
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At the end of Ukrop’s 12-year career for the Kickers, he held the team records for appearances (231), goals (70), assists (30) and points (170). His jersey was retired by Davidson in 2004, and the Kickers’ training complex, opened in 2009, was named Ukrop Park in his honor.Since his retirement, Ukrop has become as integral to the club’s success as he was on the field during his playing days. He played a key role in establishing the Kickers Academy in 2008, which has since produced players who have competed for the Kickers in the USL.