John Wood

The coach of the United States soccer team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

Wood, who was born in England, was a referee in western Pennsylvania and Illinois until the late 1930s. He was a high school coach in the Chicago area for 26 years and served for many years as chairman of the USSFA’s National Junior Cup tournament. He was president of the Illinois Referees Association and beginning in 1934 was a member for decades of the Illinois Soccer Commission.

Inducted in 1953.