July 27, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s soccer head coach Len Tsantiris was inducted into the American Hellenic Progressive Association Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening at the 90th AHEPA Supreme Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tsantiris is entering his 32nd season as head coach of the Huskies and boasts a 491-163-48 overall record making him the second most active winning coach in women’s college soccer.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 also includes U.S. Olympic Decathlete Tom Pappas, Cincinnati college basketball player Dean Lampros, Yale college basketball player Steve Leondis and St. Mary’s College basketball player Nick Pappageorge.
“The 2012 Induction Class is comprised of athletes who have excelled to the highest levels of their competition,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “In doing so, they have also remained true to their Hellenic heritage. We congratulate and welcome them into the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame.”
The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1974, and includes more than 125 inductees. Annually, candidates are nominated by members of the Order of AHEPA, and after a thorough vetting process, are ultimately selected in balloting by 20 Hall of Fame Selection Committee members, who encompass a broad cross-section of engaged voters, geographically and experience-wise; their selection is based not only on athletic accomplishments, but also character and civic and personal service. The 2012 distinguished class joins such stellar prior inductees as: Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Milt Pappas, Pete Sampras, Eric Karros, Gene Rossides, and Bob Costas.
Under Tsantiris’ leadership, the Huskies have advanced to 28 NCAA National Tournaments, including 26 straight from 1982 – 2007. On four of those occasions, the team reached the NCAA Championship game. During his tenure, Tsantiris has created a women’s soccer program that has received national attention for the team’s successes on and off the field. He was a standout soccer player at the University of Connecticut in the mid-1970s, and he played professionally in the former American Soccer League.