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Date: December 8, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (office); Tom Bichy, 301-466-7809 (cell)

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Retired Montgomery College Coach Named to NJCAA Men's Soccer Hall of Fame
Tom Bichy Honored for 37 Year Career at Rockville Campus

PHOTO EDITORS: For a high-resolution photograph of Tom Bichy, click on: bichy.jpg.  

Retired Montgomery College athletic director and soccer coach Tom Bichy was recently named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Soccer Hall of Fame, capping off a 37-year coaching career at the College’s Rockville Campus.  The NJCAA honored Bichy last month with the award and a standing ovation at the National Division I Soccer Tournament Banquet in Tyler, Texas.

“It truly was an amazing honor to be recognized in that way by my friends and fellow soccer coaches,” said Bichy.  “I didn’t expect that I would be named to the Soccer Hall of Fame.”

Bichy leads the NJCAA in the number of soccer games won, compiling a lifetime record of 471-166-47.  Three years ago, he was named to a spot on the NJCAA Region 20’s Hall of Fame.  The National Soccer Coaches Association of America chose him as its National Coach of the Year, among Division III Junior Colleges, in 1997. 

Despite all these accolades, Bichy is most proud of what his players have achieved, like Kenny Wilkerson, a NJCAA All-American who later earned All-ACC soccer honors at the University Maryland, and Rudy Meredith, a NJCAA All-American who transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he was part of the Division II men's national championship soccer team.  Meredith currently runs Yale University’s women’s soccer program.  Under Bichy’s leadership, Montgomery College’s soccer team became regional champions 13 times.   In 1990, his team was ranked first in the county among all NJCAA soccer teams.  In 1998, the team again led all NJCAA Division III soccer teams with a number one ranking. 

“I always enjoyed coaching because I was competitive and tried to push my players to reach higher levels,” said Bichy.  “Every year, I tried to do better and put the best product out there on the field.”
 
One interesting footnote to Bichy’s career is that he knew almost nothing about soccer when he was hired to coach Montgomery College’s team.  He had only one year of playing experience—in the ninth grade.  The University of Maryland graduate wanted to coach baseball.  Instead, he was hired to teach physical education classes, serve as the assistant baseball coach, and coach the men’s soccer team.  He never planned on staying, but now, Bichy admits he fell in love with the college, its students, and soccer.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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