Scott Halkett
Scott Halkett
Scott Halkett becomes the seventh person involved with USC Upstate soccer program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame, the most of any program at the University other than men's basketball. Halkett was one of the central figures in the soccer program as it made its mark in the early days of the University's membership in NCAA Division II. Halkett's stellar four-year career as the starting sweeper culminated with an appearance in the 1995 national title match played at Rifle Field on campus. Despite not winning the national championship, Halkett and his teammates achieved tremendous success throughout the four years he was in the program. The 1995 team and its 1998 counterpart remain the only Peach Belt men's soccer teams to ever advance to play for a national title in the championship match. Halkett was a true team player and helped solidify a unit that advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times and tallied a 67-13-6 (.814) record. His teams won two regular season Peach Belt Conference Championships and four Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championships. He helped lead the then-Rifles to four consecutive Top 10 final national rankings, including a program-high No. 2 final ranking in 1995. Individually, Halkett earned accolades not only equalling those of the team, but surpassing them. He earned first team All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 and was a four-time All-Region and All-Conference selection. He also earned three Peach Belt All-Tournament honors. As a testament to his ability, he was chosen to play in the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic his senior year in 1995. Halkett went on to play professionally with the South Carolina Shamrocks of the United States Independent Soccer League. While Halkett was a standout on the playing field, he was also an outstanding student. He was awarded the Horace Mann Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 1995, an honor given out by the University's athletic department for excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship. He was a three-time member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll and a three-time member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Currently, Halkett is the general manager of Sports Club Simsponville, a local community health club. He also owns and operates his own business, Wall2Wall Soccer USA, and has a trademark on inflatable soccer arenas that can be setup at almost any location and is used for marketing the game of soccer. In addition to his professional career, Halkett gives back to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Generation Group Boys Home, a home for abused children. Halkett and his wife, Sandy, are the proud parents of a one-year-old son, Luke. Halkett has stayed active in soccer, playing in a local men's league and also enjoys playing golf.

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