DR. Hal Bodon — Lion-Hearted Award

  • Dr. Hal Bodon was the first head coach of the Missouri Southern men’s soccer program, after introducing the sport as a club in 1972.

    The team’s first games as an official athletic program were played in 1976 and he served as the head coach for 11 seasons. He had a career record of 138-72-21, resulting in a .637 winning percentage.

    As an instructor, Bodon taught French and German, theories of second language learning and oral communication. He chaired the annual Foreign Language Field Day for several years and helped to establish Missouri Southern’s annual Honors Convocation.

    Following his retirement in 1996, he and his wife worked as missionaries in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. From 2010-12, Bodon served as director of the Huntsman World Senior Games Soccer Tournament in St. George, Utah, and also as an adjunct professor at Dixie State University.

    In 1998, a dedication was held for the Hal Bodon Soccer Field at Missouri Southern. He was inducted into the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

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