San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University Men’s Soccer held its seventh annual golf tournament fundraiser at the Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose on Friday, May 9, with the event bringing in a gross contribution of $48,500 to head coach Gary St. Clair’s program.
A total of 136 golfers participated in the tournament, with another 50-plus guests present for the dinner and auction. The event is hosted by the San Jose State Soccer Booster Club.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented during the program portion of the evening to both Marty Behler and Sean Keohane.
Behler, the mother of sixth-year Spartan assistant coach Chris Behler, is recognized as a pioneer of women’s soccer in the Bay Area, with a rich and deep history of contribution to the sport. She has also been an influential member of the San Jose State men’s soccer booster club for the past seven years.
Keohane was a standout goalkeeper at San Jose State for three seasons in the late 1970s, ranking ninth all-time with 153 career saves. He has been an active coach in the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) and a visible figure in the local soccer community at both the state and regional level for many years.
Past award winners had included Ken Keegan and Jim Zylker in 2007, Luis Mintequi and Steve Sampson in 2006, Mani Hernandez and Ovadia Mizrahi in 2005, Derek Evans and Ismael Perez in 2004, Nick Ficolas, Fred Nourzad and John Smillie in 2003 and Julie Menendez in 2002. The Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of exceptional individual contribution to the San Jose State soccer program and the ongoing support of soccer both on and off the field.
“This event keeps getting better and better,” said St. Clair, who will be in charge at his alma mater for a 19th season in 2008. “We had an awful lot of people attend both the tournament and the dinner. It was definitely a first-class event once again. We raised a lot of money for the program and were able to see former players and old friends. We really had a great time.”
The foursome that won top honors during the golf tournament included former Stanford University head coach and current De Anza College coach Colin Lindores, Evergreen Valley College coach Joe Silveira, West Valley College coach Gaspar Silveira and Scott McBain.