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Charlotte 49ers GK Jon Busch inaugural Hall of Fame inductee
Led program to NCAA soccer semifinals
 
Published Friday, July 3, 2020 11:09 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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Jon Busch, who led the Charlotte 49ers to the NCAA soccer semifinals in 1996 before moving on to Major League Soccer, is an inaugural member of the school's athletics hall of fame.

Jon Busch, who lifted Charlotte 49ers soccer to national prominence, is now a hall of famer.


Busch and six others were elected to the school’s inaugural athletics Hall of Fame class, which commemorates its 50th anniversary as a Division I program. Bush, an All-America goalkeeper, is joined by fellow All-Americans Cedric Maxwell (basketball), Corey Nagy (golf) and Shareese Woods Hicks (track). Former athletics director Judy Rose, former men’s basketball coach Lee Rose and donor Dale Halton, for whom Halton Arena is named, were also elected.

“This inaugural class represents the very finest of Charlotte 49ers Athletics,” Charlotte athletics director Mike Hill said in a statement. “To be selected by the committee from such a remarkable pool of nominees is indeed an honor, and we celebrate them for the profound impact they've made on this university.”

Busch played for the 49ers from 1994-96, taking Charlotte to their first NCAA national semifinal appearance in 1996. They were the first Conference USA team in any sport to make it that far. Busch was the second player in program history to earn All-America recognition, behind striker Gabe Garcia, who led the program to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1991.

“I was very honored and humbled when Mike [Hill] called me,” Busch said. “It’s an amazing award to receive that speaks volumes for the guys that I was with during those three years and the guys that came before me. For me to represent the guys that I played with is an absolute honor.”

Charlotte went 46-17-3 during Busch’s career, in which they advanced to the NCAA tournament twice, won two conference titles and cracked top five in National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now called United Soccer Coaches) polls in 1994 and 1996. He earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996, a season in which the 49ers won a program-record 19 games and the C-USA regular-season title.

Busch earned all-Metro Conference honors as a freshman in 1994, C-USA tournament Most Valuable Goalkeeper in 1995, and all-league each of his three seasons. He was named C-USA all-Decade in 2004, and their inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2019.

Busch played in the MLS for 14 years, earning Goalkeeper of the Year in 2008 with the Chicago Fire. He also played for the U.S. National Team 2005 and earned a 3-0 shutout against Colombia.

Now retired and living in Carmel Indiana, Busch owns High Performance Goalkeeping, which makes goalkeeper gloves. He also serves as goalkeeper coach for the Indiana Fire professional team and the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis men’s and women’s programs. 

 

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