Former University of Hartford women’s soccer standout Kim LeMere is set to be inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018. LeMere, who played for the Hawks from 1989 to 1992, is one of six honorees being recognized by the Connecticut State Soccer Association for their “significant contributions to the soccer world.”
The 20th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Radisson in Cromwell. In addition to LeMere, the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes former Hartford women’s soccer assistant coach Tony Horta, Sherwin Mullin, Kevin Murphy, Bo Oshoniyi and Rob Stone.
Originally from Torrington, LeMere was a trailblazer for the Hartford women’s soccer program. A four-year starter, she led the Hawks to four NCAA Tournament appearances and became the first three-time Division I All-American in program history.
“In her time as a Hawk, Kim set the bar high,” said John Natale, who enters his 15th season at the helm of Hartford’s women’s soccer program next fall. “She laid the foundation of lasting success for this program. The University of Hartford Soccer family is extremely proud to have her accomplishments recognized as she is welcomed into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.”
One of the most prolific scorers to have ever played at Hartford, LeMere’s named is peppered throughout the Hawks’ record books. Her 145 points and 56 goals are both ranked second in program history, while her 33 career assists still stand as a program record.
LeMere led Hartford to a dominant four-year stretch that featured a 61-20-2 record under head coach Austin Daniels. The Hawks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament twice during LeMere’s career, including the program’s first-ever appearance in 1989. In 1992, LeMere’s senior season, Hartford was an NCAA Final Four team after winning a school-record 19 games.
In addition to All-American recognition, LeMere was a four-time All-Region selection and the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in 1992. She graduated from Hartford in 1993 with a degree in secondary education.
LeMere joins Dan Gaspar (2002), Arthur Hennig (2008), Rob Jachym (2010) and Steve Waters (2011) — who were members of Hartford men’s soccer team — as former Hawks that have been inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame. Gaspar also spent six seasons as head coach of the Hawks from 2005 to 2010.
Most recently, Hartford landed two inductees from the Hawks’ coaching ranks. Natale was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 while men’s soccer coach Tom Poitras was a member of the Class of 2017. In addition, Daniels (2013) and former men’s soccer coach Jim Evans (2015) have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in recent years along with former Hartford assistant coach Victor Santos (2007).