Nicky Megaloudis will be inducted into the Long Island Football Players Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Saturday.
Ceremonies will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY
He will be inducted into the Hall, along with Doc Lawson, Peter Jianette, John Lignos, Jean Varas and Mary Theresa Varas.
Peter Collins, the late president of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, will receive the Paul LeSueur Ambassador of the Game Award.
The hall will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Arrows, who won their fourth and final Major Indoor Soccere League championship in 1982.
Megaloudis has played professionally for the Arrows, as well as the Houston Summit, Las Vegas Americans (MISL), and Houston Hurricane (North American Soccer League). He was a well-known soccer figure in the German-American and Greek-American soccer leagues with the famous New York Atlas.
He was also an All-American at Long Island University and a member of the U.S. Youth Men’s National Team and Youth Olympic Team.
Megaloudis also earned his USSF A trainer license in 1993.
His coaching resume ranges from the youth field to Director of Coaching for Pinecrest SC (Miami, Fla.) and Strike Force SC (Miami, Fla.). He has also worked as an ODP staff coach with Region IV, Nevada and Florida.
Megaloudis’ resume also includes coaching in the professional ranks with the Miami Fusion (Major League Soccer) Florida Strikers (United Soccer League.
In 2017, Megaloudis returned to his New York roots and joined the fine team at Manhattan SC, where he works today.
“The Class of 2022 is an extraordinary example of Long Island’s incredibly rich football history,” said LISPHOF founder Kevin L. McCrudden. “In the early days of men’s and women’s soccer in America, you can find the footprints of some of America’s greatest and most influential players on Long Island. No matter one of the most influential people in soccer history American Mr. Peter Collins Truly one of the “founding fathers” of youth football on Long Island and in America.
Hall’s executive director, Jim Kilmeade, added, “The Long Island Football Players Hall of Fame represents not just world-class athletes, but world-class human beings. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we look forward to hearing about their individual life stories and are honored to induct this distinguished Class of 2022. These seven individuals have collectively inspired and influenced the lives of thousands of young football players, coaches and fans across Long Island and the country. We look forward to celebrating the 1981-82 National Champion – NY Arrows and the careers of Doc Lawson, Peter Jianette, Mary Theresa Varas, Jean Varas, Nick Megaloudis John Lignos and Long Island’s leading man in the sport, Mr. Peter Collins. »