Charlie Kadupski is a retired American soccer defender who played at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, Connecticut and professionally in the North American Soccer League, American Soccer League and United Soccer League.

Charlie Kadupski
Personal information
Full name Charles J. Kadupski
Date of birth (1956-06-17) June 17, 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth Willimantic, Connecticut, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1974–1975 Mitchell College
1976–1977 Hartwick College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978 Southern California Lazers 22 (0)
1979 Cleveland Cobras 4 (0)
1979–1980 San Jose Earthquakes 4 (0)
1980 Houston Hurricane 2 (0)
1982 Pennsylvania Stoners 0 (0)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (indoor) 1 (0)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1983–1984 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor)
1984–1985 Dallas Americans
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kadupski attended Mitchell College where he played soccer in 1974 and 1975. In 1975, Mitchell finished third in the NJCAA soccer championship. He is a member of the Mitchell College Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] Kadupski then transferred to Hartwick College, playing on the men's soccer team in 1976 and 1977.[2] In 1977, Kadupski and his teammates won the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 1978, he turned professional with the Southern California Lazers of the American Soccer League. He moved to the Cleveland Cobras for the 1979 season before signing with the San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League. He began the 1980 season with the Earthquakes before moving to the Houston Hurricane. He also played for the Pennsylvania Stoners of the American Soccer League. In February 1983, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed Kadupski after losing Dan Canter and Bruce Savage to Team America.[3] He did appear in one indoor game in February, netting two assists,[4] but remained an unused substitute during the Strikers' outdoor season. He spent the 1983-1985 Major Indoor Soccer League season with the Los Angeles Lazers. In 1984 and 1985, Kadupski played for the Dallas Americans of the United Soccer League.[5]

After retiring from professional soccer, in 1989 Charlie Kadupski founded The Sport Source, which publishes the Official Athletic College Guide To Sports Colleges and Sports Scholarships. Since the company inception, he has helped thousands of aspiring college bound student-athletes utilize their academic and athletic accomplishments to receive scholarships both academically and athletically. Many of the students he has mentored has gone on to play professionally and many now coach in college while others are enjoying rewarding business careers. The Sport Source continues to meet the needs of college bound students and has one of the most comprehensive online college planning programs. With a network of 5800 Universities and over 30,000 college coaches representing 23 NCAA sanctioned sports, his goal remains the same, to ensure all kids who can make it in college, makes it to college. In 2000, Kadupski was named "Athlete of the Century" in the state of CT and in 2005, Kadupski was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.[6] In October 2011, Hartwick College inducted Kadupski into the school's Hall of Fame.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mitchell College Athletic Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Hartwick Hawks Soccer Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ VET KADUPSKI JOINS STRIKERS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, February 27, 1983
  4. ^ SUMMARIES Evening Independent, The (FL) - Saturday, February 26, 1983, p. 2-C
  5. ^ DALLAS TRIPS SUN IN SHOOTOUT Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, June 17, 1984
  6. ^ Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Archived August 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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