WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange boys varsity soccer coach Doug Nevins will be inducted into the Villanova University Hall of Fame on Saturday. In addition to Nevins, Alvin Williams, a 10-year player in the NBA, and Brian Finneran, a wide receiever in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, will also be honored along with other athletes.
While at Villanova, Nevins was team captain during his Junior and Senior year. He was the recipient of several honors and awards: he was All Big East in 1993 and 1995; All Soccer Seven in 1994 and 1995; and the Soccer Seven Academic Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995.
Nevins also set the record for assists in a season with 12 in 1994, a record which still stands today.
Following his Senior year in 1995, Nevins was named First Team Regional All American. In addition he was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, making him the only Villanova player ever to be named Player of the Year in the Big East. In addition, Nevins was named the Villanova Senior Male Student Athlete of the Year and graduated Villanova Magna Cum Laude.
Nevins played professional soccer for two years with the Jersey Riptide, Baltimore Bays, and Philadelphia Freedom of the USISL. He also played indoors for the Philadelphia Kixx of the NPSL. He began teaching in West Orange after playing professionally and became the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at West Orange High School in 2000.
In his fourteen seasons at West Orange, Nevins record is 236-63-16. He has led his teams to two Group IV State Championships (2006, 2013), five North I Group IV Sectional Championships (2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013) and two Essex County Championships (2002, 2006). For the past ten out of 12 years, the Boys Soccer team has been named in the New Jersey Star Ledger Top 20, and recognized nationally four different years.
He has coached one Gatorade National Player of the Year, two NJ State Players of the Year, two NSCAA/Adidas All Americans, seven first team All Groups All State Players, and fourteen All Groups All State players in his tenure.
Ian Faloye, who committed this month to Lafayette, will be the 10th West Orange player to a D1 school in the last 12 years.
Doug lives in West Orange with his wife Angie of fifteen years, and his daughter Natalie, a sixth grader at Edison Middle School. He continues to teach ninth grade World History and tenth grade US History 1.