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William "Bill" Jeffrey
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1892
City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: Jan. 7, 1966
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

US World Cup Coach 1950. Penn State Soccer Coach 1926-1952. US Soccer Hall of Fame. He led the US to one of the biggest upsets of all time when they defeated England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. This so shocked the English that a minister of parliament called for his country to establish a Ministry of Sports so that a humiliation of this sort did not happen again. This event is documented in the 1996 book "The Game of Their Lives" by Geoffrey Douglas and the 2005 movie of the same name (released on DVD as "Miracle Match"). Coach Jeffrey was played by John Rhys-Davies. He was also a legendary coach at Penn State leading the Nittany Lions to nine National Championships (pre-NCAA) in 1926, 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1949 and an overall record of 154-24-29. His 65 game unbeaten streak, from 1932 through 1941, is still the NCAA record. In 1951, he went to Iran with his Penn State team on a good-will mission for the State Department. He also went to Germany and Italy after WWII to teach soccer to US GIs and was also instrumental in spearheading the organization of teams for elementary school boys in State College. He was a founding member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, was selected as its president in 1948, and is the namesake for the NSCAA's Bill Jeffrey Award, "presented annually for outstanding service to or achievement in intercollegiate soccer". He was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 1951. He died of a heart attack while attending the NSCAA meetings in New York—due to the transit strike, he had to carry his luggage to his hotel. On September 29, 1972, the soccer stadium at Penn State was dedicated as "Jeffrey Field" in his honor, before a crowd of 5000. (bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) 
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  Blanche M Shoemaker Jeffrey (1904 - 1982)
Centre County Memorial Park
State College
Centre County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Aug 13, 2010
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