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John Coll
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John Coll

1986 Inductee

1930

Physical Trainer for the U.S. Team

Physical trainer of the U.S. team at the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Coll’s fitness regimen, particularly during the long boat trip to Uruguay, was considered a significant factor in the team’s excellent performance in that World Cup. Coll, who had emigrated from Scotland in 1922 at the age of 29, had trained a number of successful American soccer clubs, including Chicago Bricklayers, Scullin Steel of St. Louis and three ASL teams – New York FC, New York Giants and Brooklyn Wanderers. Inducted in 1986.

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