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Jeff Karl Becomes STLCC's Fourth Region XVI Hall of Fame Member

June 04, 2012

Jeff Karl  
Retired Meramec women's soccer coach Jeff Karl
joins the exclusive 13-member Region XVI Hall of
Fame.

Jeff Karl, who completed his career at the helm of the St. Louis Community College-Meramec women’s soccer program as the NJCAA’s all-time wins leader, has been inducted into the Region XVI Hall of Fame.

Karl becomes the fourth STLCC representative inducted into the 13-member Hall of Fame. He joins current men’s basketball coach Randy Albrecht, former softball coach Celeste Knierim and former Florissant Valley athletics director Bill Miller.

Karl, who won two national championships and coached at Meramec for 28 years, was humbled by his induction.

“It was really a surprise and an honor for people to think of me in that way,” Karl said.

It doesn’t require a long look at Karl’s resume to affirm his ranking among junior college coaches, both regionally and nationally.

The longtime coach retired with a record of 330-137-36, four wins more than Lewis and Clark Community College head coach Tim Rooney, for the all-time NJCAA wins lead. He achieved his career totals due to tremendous consistency, as his teams achieved 22 consecutive winning seasons during his tenure.

Karl’s teams developed from a regional force into a national powerhouse during the 1990s. Meramec won national championships under Karl in 1991 and 1992, and reeled off 35 consecutive victories during the 1991-93 seasons, an NJCAA record. Karl led Meramec to nine NJCAA tournament top-10 finishes, 16 regional titles and coached 38 All-Americans.

Karl attributes the program’s success to recruiting from area high schools with strong winning traditions. Many of Karl’s players came from soccer-rich high school programs in south and west St. Louis County, as well as northern Jefferson County.

“We recruited very hard the local talent that was in the area, and you have to have some talented people at multiple positions, and we had that at the time,” Karl said. “You look at schools like St. Pius X. The years I was coaching, I probably had six or eight really good players from St. Pius X. Two South County programs that we received a lot of talented players from were Mehlville and Oakville, over a course of about 10 years. We were just fortunate to really have multiple talented players from the area at one time.”