SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Men's Soccer head coach Michael Linenberger and his 1986 National Champion Duke soccer team were inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Durham.
Linenberger was a senior in 1986 when his team won the national championship as well as the team's co-captain, and was invited to speak to some 350 people in attendance at Saturday's induction ceremony.
"It was a fantastic reunion with our 1986 National Championship team and an amazing honor for us to be inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame," Linenberger said, back in Sacramento. "I was very humbled to be asked to speak on behalf of the team to accept this award in front of over three hundred people."
Before the induction, Linenberger and the rest of the 1986 team attended the Duke men's basketball game against Georgia Tech. They were invited on to the court at halftime in recognition of their upcoming induction. In all, it made for a very exciting and special weekend.
"I had not seen some of my teammates since I graduated from Duke in 1987, but it was like it was yesterday," Linenberger added. "This group of players had a very special bond and chemistry, which is a big reason that we won the championship."
Linenberger played four seasons with Duke, beginning in 1983, was co-captain both his junior and senior years, and was described as "the backbone of the team's midfield" during their championship run in '86.
Following his senior season at Duke, Linenberger played professionally in the United States for the Sacramento Senators. He also played with FC St. Pauli and SC Norderstedt in Germany's second and third divisions.
Linenberger began his coaching career with the Hornets as an assistant in 1988 and became co-head coach in 1989 before taking sole control of the program in 1992.