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Hall of Fame Spotlight - Clyde Partin (1997)


In 1967, Clyde Partin became the head of the Georgia State Soccer Football Association. He oversaw the creation and incorporation into the State program of the Greater Atlanta Youth Soccer League, the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League, the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association, the Georgia Amateur Soccer Referee Program and the Georgia Youth Soccer Referee Association. These groups laid the groundwork for what is now the State Association. He also supported the advent of the Atlanta Chiefs Professional Soccer Team and the Atlanta Chiefs Soccer Booster Club.

Dr. Partin’s served as varsity soccer coach at Emory University in 1963 and 1964, provided men’s soccer acceptance in 1965 as a high school varsity sport sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association and served as Vice President of the Georgia High School Soccer Officials Association in 1964 and 1965. He was Founder and President of the Georgia State Soccer Football Association from 1966 through 1971, Director of the United States Soccer Football Association, Regional Director from 1968 through 1975 and President of the Atlanta Chiefs Soccer Booster Club.

He also served as Vice President of the United States Soccer Football Association from 1971 through 1973, member of the National Amateur Cup Committee of the United States Soccer Federation from 1976 to 1977, member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Soccer Rules Committee from 1975 through 1982 and Chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Selection Committee in 1976 and 1977.

His career in academic sports education and management is extensive and marked with a great number of distinctions and awards.  Dr. Partin received Life Membership in the Georgia High School Association, was awarded a Citation for 20 Years of Service to Intercollegiate Soccer in the State of Georgia, and in 1984 received Life Membership in the Georgia State Soccer Association in 1984. In 1997, he was inducted into the Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame.