TAMPA, Fla. - Three individuals have been chosen for the USL Men’s and Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The lone inductee into the USL Men’s Hall of Fame in 2013 is Charleston Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser (Coach), while Charlotte Lady Eagles President Pat Stewart (Builder) and former Hampton Roads Piranhas star Mercy Akide-Udoh (Player) will join the Women’s Hall of Fame.
2013 USL Men’s Hall of Fame Inductee
A former player and assistant coach with the Battery, Anhaeuser assumed the head coaching position in 2005 and has continued the remarkable success of his predecessors. Named Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2010, Anhaeuser has won two championships with the Battery (2010 and 2012). Anhaeuser’s finest moment may have come in 2008, however, as the Battery advanced to the final of the U.S. Open Cup, becoming the only lower-division club to achieve that feat since the Rochester Rhinos’ championship in 1999.
2013 USL Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees
Stewart has been an integral figure to the Eagles’ success on and off the field since joining the club full-time in 2002. In addition to leading the club to success on the field, the Eagles have reached the W-League postseason six times in the past eight seasons. After advancing to the semifinals in 2006, the Lady Eagles reached the conference finals four consecutive years from 2009-12. Perhaps more importantly, Stewart has helped lead the club’s off-field mission that has helped change the lives of many in inner-city Charlotte.
One of the most indelible names associated with the Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach) Piranhas, Akide spent seven seasons with the club, helping it to a championship in 2003. Akide appeared in 73 regular season games with the Piranhas, tallying 44 goals and 16 assists. She was named MVP of the 2003 W-League Championship when she scored the winning goal in overtime.