Oct. 9, 2002
COLUMBUS, OH- John Bluem, Ohio State head men’s soccer coach, will be one of six alums of Hartwick College to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick campus in Oneonta, N.Y.
“I am deeply honored, and humbled, by this induction to the Hartwick Athletic Hall of Fame,” Bluem said. “The education I received at Hartwick and the athletic experience that I enjoyed there has been a cornerstone of my life.”
Bluem, who was best known for his defensive play as a stopper, was a three-year starting fullback while playing for Hartwick from 1972-74. In his three seasons at Hartwick, the team compiled a 30-9-7 record, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament all three years. The 1974 team, of which Bluem was a member, reached the Final Four and finished third in the nation.
Bluem graduated from Hartwick in 1975 and went on to play soccer professionally for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League, who won the league championship in 1975, while Bluem was a member of the squad.
After coaching for several years at the high school and collegiate level, Bluem received his first head coaching position at Fresno State in 1991. He led the Bulldogs to six winning seasons and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in six years as coach. His final year at Fresno State featured a trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Bluem left Fresno State in 1997 to become head coach of men’s soccer at Ohio State. In five complete seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes, he has led teams to four winning seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances. Bluem’s career coaching record now sits at 145-66-23 with a 59-39-11 mark at Ohio State.
Bluem, 49, is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and is the proud father of his two children, William (14) and Amy (10).
The rest of the 2002 induction class includes men’s soccer players Mike Harrison (1987) and George Neofotistos (1995), women’s basketball player Debbie King (1978), men’s basketball player Harry Mosher (1965) and women’s water polo player Megan Thomson (2002). The Hartwick Athletic Hall of Fame now includes 63 athletes, coaches and administrators – nine automatic inductees and 54 other inductees.