CHICAGO, Ill. – Not often in sports do athletes get the chance to receive the highest honor in their respective sport.
That's not the case for VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.
The fourth year head coach and former U.S. National Team member was given high praise recently when she was named as one of the 25 players on the 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot.
"This is the highest honor any American soccer player can accomplish and I'm truly grateful for this recognition," Roberts Sahaydak said. "Being able to represent your country is something that is beyond words and I was blessed to be a part of a special group of young women."
Roberts Sahaydak's success on the pitch began at an early age as she was three-time High School All-American in San Ramon, Calif.
Her talent did not go unnoticed as she earned a spot on the U.S. National Team at the ripe age of 16.
She went on to play college soccer at the perennial national power, North Carolina. She was a three-time First-Team All-ACC performer and led the Tar Heels to three national titles during her time in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Her time with the national team had the same success rate as she was a member of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal squad and the 1999 World Cup Championship squad.
In the fall, she will enter her fifth season at the helm of the Rams, where she has helped guide the Black & Gold to 32 victories and a trip to the 2007 CAA Championship game.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010 and during this transitional period the election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame board of directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.