The Shelton State Community College Soccer Complex was dedicated in honor of Dr. Arthur Howington, Dean of Academic Services, 1979-2000, at a ceremony following SSCC?s 1-0 victory over Hines College on August 26, 2005. The victory also marked an historical event, as it was the 50th since the inception of the program.
President Rick Rogers praised Dean Howington?s contributions to the college and to sports. A statement from the college states: The lives he has touched and the opportunities he has created have made him a pillar in the Tuscaloosa soccer community. Prior to beginning the women?s soccer program at Shelton State, ?Coach?, as he has affectionately become known to so many, coached winning youth teams with both the YMCA and the West Alabama Soccer Association. He refereed soccer for many years, started the Tuscaloosa Stars, a youth soccer team for girls, and coached both boys? and girls? teams at Holy Spirit Catholic High School. His 2005 Holy Spirit boys? team won the class 1A-4A state championship.
In 1997, Coach Howington started the soccer program at Shelton State. He was truly a pioneer as it was the only community college women?s soccer program in Alabama. He began with a team of twelve; many players have followed in their footsteps and hundreds more will continue to reap the benefits of the chance he took in creating yet another opportunity for players to participate in the sport of soccer.
In his honor, SSCC is establishing the Arthur Howington Scholarship. A recipient will be chosen each year based on outstanding performance on the field, in the classroom and in areas of community service. The scholarship will allow a deserving Lady Buc soccer player to continue her educational endeavors at the four-year college of her choice. For more information, please contact the Shelton State Community College Foundation at 205/391-2347.