City officials and the Singing River Soccer Club on Saturday plan to dedicate one its soccer fields to the late William E. Feidt, who spent more than 30 years coaching soccer in the Flagship City.
The dedication is set for noon Saturday at the Pascagoula Soccer Complex.
" Coach Feidt’s commitment to soccer and the betterment of the sport influenced the lives of many within our community,” said Darcie Crew, the city's Parks & Recreation director. "“The dedication of the field at the Soccer Complex is a small way for us to honor all he achieved and his positive influence still being felt by our youth today."
Feidt coached soccer in Pascagoula from 1979 to 2009, leading the team dubbed "The Flame" for 19 years. He also served as Pascagoula High School's head coach for two years and was junior varsity coach for 10 years.
Under his leadership, "The Flame" won 11 Southern District championships and advanced to the playoffs 18 times, leading the group to the finals in five of the playoffs.
The city said Feidt also led the Pascagoula Panthers to the playoffs in the two years he served as their head coach.
Feidt's passion for soccer also led him to co-found the Singing River Soccer Club in 1979, during which he served two terms as president and other terms as club registrar and secretary. Feidt also served as registrar of the state's Youth Soccer Association.
In 2008, Feidt was named a national recipient of the Liberty Mutual 2008 Responsible Coaching Award for the state. In 2009, the Singing River Soccer Club presented him a lifetime achievement award. Former players presented him with a "Champion of our Hearts Trophy."
Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, the annual Alumni Soccer Game will begin at 1 p.m. at the Pascagoula Soccer Complex. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.