George Mason athletics recently caught up with the head coach of the 1982 squad Richard Broad to discuss his team and its amazing season.
1982, George Mason was a member of the Capital Collegiate Conference. This
conference included schools such as Howard, American, George Washington,
Georgetown, and Catholic. Colin Kerr, a midfielder, was the teams' high scorer,
posting 15 goals - 29 percent of the 52 goals scored by Mason that year. Nine of those goals
were ruled game winners. Ken Bernstein, a sophomore, was the number one goalie
that season, posting 1455 minutes played, 41 saves, and 14 shutouts.
The men's schedule in 1982 was no
cake walk. They played several regional powers in collegiate soccer during the
regular season, including Old Dominion, American, Catholic, Georgetown,
Virginia Tech, and nationally ranked William & Mary. The only two loses
came from a home game against UVA (which was later avenged) during the Virginia
Intercollegiate League (VIL) post-season tournament (3-2) and away to Duke in
the national quarterfinals, who was ranked number one in the nation (2-0).
Mason trailed only twice that year in the regular season, by 1-0 scores to Old
Dominion and William & Mary. Each time Mason came back to win 2-1. An
undefeated record in regular season play (18-0-0) highlighted an amazing season
by the team.
We caught up with the mastermind
behind the 1982 team, Head Coach Richard Broad, who ended his coaching career
at Mason with an 88-53-17 record. Coach Broad has one son, and still lives in
Fairfax, close to the school that brought him so many wonderful memories. He is
currently working as a college soccer television analyst for the Big Ten and
CBS Sports Networks, as well as a scout for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
His favorite memory from the 1982 season is beating Virginia in Charlottesville
in the Regional Finals. He loved the relationships he had with the players and
the assistant coaches, and told us the limited budget here at Mason made for
some interesting times. We asked Coach Broad what one of his favorite or most
memorable quotes he could recall was and he told us,
"Assistant Coach Jack Huckel's comment
after we fell behind late in a game: "We're in trouble now" after saying all
game "No problem"."