Vienna man joins W.Va. Soccer Association Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A Vienna man has been inducted into the 2019 Class of the West Virginia Soccer Association Hall of Fame.

John W. Newton and four other referees were inducted during ceremonies March 3 at the Marriott Inn in Morgantown. The others were Dr. Doug McKinney, Ray Petrisin, Paul Marco and Shahab Mohaghegh.

Newton, 79, who was born in Sewickley, Pa., became involved in soccer in 1985 with his son, Jeremy, who was 5 years old. Newton became a referee, a team manager and coach.

He was a high school referee and the travel coordinator for the West Central Soccer League. After the Snickers Cup in 1990, Newton accepted a position on the soccer association Cup Committee.

Newton has served as vice president of programs and cup chairman for the association and ran what is now the state championships for more than 15 years.

As a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the regional championships, he has worked at four regional championships and two regional President’s Cups, and expects to work two more this year.

“My key job at the Regional Championships was with the opening ceremony, planning and executing the parade of States for all four events. Because of my work on these Regional championships, I accepted an offer to join the Regional Championship Committee and worked three Regional Championships,” Newton said.

In 2016, Newton was named the United States Youth Soccer Association Administrator of the Year.

Newton graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering in 1961. He received a master’s in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in June 1963, then married on graduation day Jean Bedell. They have five children, James, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Joyanna and Jeremy and nine grandchildren.

He worked for DuPont from 1963 until 2001 as an engineer in Wilmington, Del., and at the Washington Works plant in process engineering and project management.

Newton also is active with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg where he has served multiple terms as president, vice president and treasurer, bookkeeper and the building and grounds committee. He is the project manager for the theater restoration project.

The Newtons received the Arts Advocates of the Year from the National Society of Arts and Letters. He received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Actors Guild.