A Tribute To Stanley Dudko

Oct 6, 2015

Video courtesy of Charlie Robertson. Stan Dudko, a native of Poland, graduated from Belmont Abbey in 1960. He earned his M.S. degree in business and economics from Auburn University and joined the Abbey faculty in 1963. He advised countless students and provided an untiring example of cheerful collegiality. Mr. Dudko is a past winner of the Adrian Faculty Excellence Award. He retired as Associate Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics in the spring of 2015. As a student at the Abbey, Mr. Dudko was a member of the first soccer team in 1958, scoring all nine of the team’s goals during their inaugural season. He also served as a team captain and MVP. From 1967 to 1976, in addition to his teaching duties, he was the soccer team’s Head Coach. His favorite phrase that he would tell his male students was “Play Soccer and all the Girls Will Love You”. In 1967, he led the Abbey to the national tournament. Mr. Dudko was named the NAIA District 26 Coach of the Year nine times in ten years and compiled a career coaching record of 120-47-12. His teams won nine district championships and were NAIA regional tournament runners up five times. Mr. Dudko coached 22 NAIA All-South selections, two NAIA All-Americans and made Abbey Men’s Soccer into a perennial national contender. In 1971 Pope Paul VI honored Mr. Dudko with a papal knighthood. He was inducted into the 2001 North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame and the 2004 Belmont Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Dr. Michael P. Reidy Belmont Abbey Athletics Hall of Fame. Stan and his wife Jasia live in Belmont. They have two children and five grandchildren.