The 1960 soccer team, coached by Delmer J. Reimer, included the following team members: Phil Adrian, Abe Baerg, Calvin Dahl, Willard Dahl, Paul Dick, Dave Duerksen, Dean Deutschendorf, Verne Epp, John Franz, James Funk, Jerry Kliewer, Larry Leppke, Justus Ndoto, Jerry Neufeld, Hannington Pamba, Sherwin Ratzlaff, Tom Soyingbe, John Thiessen, Ronald Wiebe, Stanley Wirsche, James Thomas, and Nedy Theodossy. Gary Wiens served as the team manager.
Many of the 1960 soccer team members came from other countries; four were from Canada; two were from Kenya, Africa; one was from Nigeria; and one was from Amman, Jordan. The rest of the team members haled from Kansas, California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Texas. Nineteen of the team members lettered that year and the team's most valuable player was senior John Franz, from Buhler, Kansas.
The following article is a summary of the 1960 soccer season and is taken from the Tabor College View: "Tabor's fighting Bluejays climaxed a successful soccer campaign by being nominated the Midwest representative to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics soccer championship in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, which will be held November 25-26. Tabor was selected the NAIA representative from seven states including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Michigan"
"Nine letterman from last year's 8-1-1 winning combination returned to compose the nucleus of coach Delmer Reimer's squad this fall. The Bluejays finished the season with a 7-0 record in their fourth season of intercollegiate soccer competition under the reins of Coach Reimer."
"Tabor's selection as soccer king in the Midwest is primarily due to the fine showing achieved in their two-game road trip to Illinois. With a slashing 4-1 victory over Blackburn and a 4-2 belting at Greenville, Tabor now carries the gold and blue banner to Pennsylvania."
"Verne Epp, a husky junior right forward with the pose of a veteran, engineered Tabor to many a victory with his scoring of 10 big goals. Center forward Paul Dick garnered 7 to place second on the scoring ladder. John Franz at center halfback position has shown outstanding defensive play as well as setting up numerous offensive drives."
"The key to Tabor's unprecedented success in the 1960 soccer season has been the aggressiveness of the Bluejays mobile offense. The fired-up squad has accumulated 222 attempts at the cage as composed to a meager 80 by the opponents. Aggressiveness on the part of the whole team has often added to Tabor's good fortune. Tabor has at times been outmanned, but the team fought with every ounce of energy, thus capturing victory after victory due to hustle, conditioning, and endurance."
As stated in the previous article, the 1960 soccer team traveled to the NAIA tournament in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, on November 23-24, 1960. Following is a summary for the tournament taken from the Tabor College View: "On Friday afternoon came the big test. An inspired Elizabethtown squad defeated Tabor by an 8-0 margin. With a fruitless day, Tabor's outlook was dim. The next opponent was Fitchburg, who earlier lost to Newark College of Engineering in a double overtime 3-2.
"Saturday's contest pitted Tabor against Fitchburg of Massachusetts, who during the regular season scored 48 goals against the opponents' 3 and compiled a flawless 10-0 record. Tabor turned the tide and won the game in a 2-0 shutout. The game was termed the greatest comeback in N.A.I.A. soccer history."
The 1960 soccer team had an outstanding year climaxed by their trip to the NAIA Tournament. We honor the team tonight as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.