Colin Commander

A leading Ohio soccer official, holding positions with teams, leagues and associations, from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Commander was born in England and came to the United States as a teenager in 1921. After a playing career that lasted from 1922 to 1939, he became secretary and business manager of the Cleveland Americans, who reached the final of the U.S. Open Cup in 1945 and the semifinals of the National Amateur Cup in 1946.

In 1948, he reorganized and became secretary of the Cleveland Soccer League, and in the same year became secretary of the Ohio state soccer association, a position he held for nearly 20 years. He served as a national cups commissioner for the U.S. Soccer Football Association from 1950 to 1957.

Inducted in 1967.