Liam Slack
Liam Slack

Liam Slack is the 16th person affiliated with the men’s soccer program to be inducted into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.

Slack was a member of the program from 2003-06 and finished his career as one of the most decorated players in school history, continuing in the proud tradition of the men’s soccer program.

Slack stepped onto campus in 2003 and quickly became a key member of the offensive attack. He teamed with Preben Ringerike as the forwards on the team, while playing alongside the likes of Ricky Charles and Gary Lynch to form a potent offensive attack.

Despite being a freshman in 2003, he ranked third on the team with 43 points on 17 goals and nine assists to help lead the then-Rifles to a 15-1-2 overall record, the regular season Peach Belt Conference title, the Peach Belt Tournament championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Despite not earning all-conference honors, he was a first team all-region selection.

He continued his standout play as a sophomore in 2004, finishing second on the team in scoring with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists, leading the squad to another 15-win season and a second-place finish in the Peach Belt regular season standings. He not only earned all-conference and all-region honors, but also picked up the first of three All-America honors as well as a first team selection.

As a junior in 2005, he led the Spartans with 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists en route to earning another sweep of individual awards, taking home his second straight first team All-America honor as well as all-region and all-conference accolades.

Slack led the team in scoring for a second consecutive year, finishing with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists as a senior in 2006. He helped lead the Spartans to an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, while earning third team All-America honors as well as all-region and all-conference selections.

Despite being five years removed from playing in the program, Slack remains one of the top offensive players in school history. His resume speaks for itself. He ranks third all-time in scoring with 143 points and 57 goals. He is seventh all-time with 29 assists. He is a three-time All-American, four-time all-region selection and three time all-conference honoree. He led the team to a .799 winning percentage and 56 victories in four seasons. A standout in the classroom as well, he was a two-time Peach Belt Conference Presidential Scholar Athlete selection.

A native of Doncaster, England, Slack has remained active in his academic and athletic pursuits. He earned a Master’s degree with merit in Sport Psychology from York St. John University in his native United Kingdom in 2009 and is currently finishing his doctorate in Psychology of Sports Performance at Sheffield Hallam University.

Slack plays semi-pro soccer for the Winterton Rangers Football Club and led the team to the championships of the Presidents Cup and Lincolnshire Cup in 2009 and 2010. He was named the 2010-11 Clubsman of the Year. In addition to his playing career, he is the head women’s soccer coach at York St. John University.