inductee details

Debbie Rademacher***

Inducted April 6, 2003

Sport: Soccer
Team: University of Michigan
Position: Coach
Award: ***Jews in the Olympics or Jewish Women in Sports


A member of he University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame, Belkin (whose married name is Debbie Belkin-Rademacher) is currently the head coach of the women's soccer team at the University of Michigan. She was a three-time All-America (1985-87), and played on the U.S. Women's National team from 1986-1992. In 2000, Soccer America named her to the Women's College Soccer Team of the Century.

An outstanding soccer player in the 1980's and early 1990's, Belkin was a three-time All-America at the University of Massachusetts (class of 1988) and led the team to four consecutive Final Four appearances. Named All-New England from 1985-87, Belkin helped the Minutewomen achieve a No. 1 ranking during the 1985 season and led them to the NCAA championship game in 1987, where they lost to North Carolina, 1-0. Named the Defensive MVP of the 1987 Final Four, Belkin also received honors from Soccer America, who named her to its MVP team in 1985 and 1987, and to the All-Decade team (1980's).

Over her four-year career at UMass, the Minutewomen had an overall record of 65-9-4. In 1986, during her junior season at Massachusetts, Belkin joined the U.S. National Team. For the next six years, she was a mainstay on the squad, and was a key member of the 1991 U.S. gold medal team in the inaugural FIFA Women's World Championships. In August, 2001, the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame awarded the 1991 U.S. Women's World Cup champions (with Belkin as a member), the prestigious National Soccer Medal of Honor.

In 1991, Belkin also became the head coach at Fairfield University after serving as an assistant at Tufts (1988-89), and New Hampshire (1989-91). After recording a record of 18-11-4 at Fairfield, Belkin became the head coach at the University of Michigan in 1993, the school's inaugural season of women's soccer. Still the Michigan coach in 2002 Belkin led Michigan to its first Big Ten title and into the NCAA tournament in 1997, for which she was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Since then, the Wolverines have added another conference title and four more NCAA appearances. Belkin's record at Michigan is 103-59-11.

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