Miamisburg Vikings: Alumni



The Boys Soccer program has its first member of the Miamisburg Athletic Hall of Fame.  Class of 1982 and member of the inaugural  Vikings soccer team, Tony Phibbs, has been selected as a member of the 2012 Hall of Fame class.

Tony was  a multi-sport athlete who lettered in basketball, baseball, tennis and track as well as his three letters in soccer.  A natural athlete who was comfortable on any playing surface, he excelled on the soccer pitch. Tony still holds the career and season school scoring records 30+ years after his graduation.  The single season scoring record is at 21 goals and  the career scoring record is at 45 goals.  Tony was also a captain on the first winning team in soccer history in 1981 when the Viking kickers went 9-7-2 in their third season.   

Tony was honored, along with his HOF classmates, on Friday, February 10th at halftime of the Miamisburg vs Xenia boys basketball game.


On Sunday, September 4th the Vikings held their annual alumni game. Thirty-five players came out to kick it around and for the second year in a row the Odd year graduates won 9-6. Just after halftime, the clouds opened up and a downpour hit the field, but the alumni just kept on playing.

Close to 100 fans surrounded the practice field to watch the former Vikings play. Many parents, spouses and children enjoyed seeing their Viking out on the field one more time.

The first half was dominated by the Odds as they led at half 5-2. One of the major factors was the fact that they had Derek Bush in goal, as he was the only true goalkeeper to show up. When the teams changed sides, the keepers did not change, thus giving the Evens Bush in goal. The second half was played end-to-end with both teams scoring 4 goals leading to the final score of 9-6.

Coach Campbell would like to thank Tony Phibbs, Mike Schenck, Eric Zech, Jerry Randolph, Chris Pursifull, Wayne Gilkison, Ted Morningstar, Tony Balsamo, Matt Weiss, Mike Bell, Matt Valiante, Derek Scott, David Coleman, Jason Stanley, Kevin Shields, Myles Scott, Ryan Smith, Nick Stanley, Derek Bush, David Schmolinsky, Matt Kuemmel, Jeremy Bush, Andrew Gray, Brian Van Arsdale, Jordan Graham, Nathan Wright, Orly Leiva, Daniel Wolcott, Andrew Hayden, Travis Campbell, Bank Plangwol, Jonathan Soto, Aaron Reichel, Jimmy Tuccillo and Ryan Padovani for being a part of alumni weekend. We hope you enjoyed our win over West Carrollton and playing once again.


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The 2010 Alumni game was held on Saturday morning, August 28th and 41 alumni showed up to play.  The Odd years graduates won an exciting scorefest 9-6 and it appeared that everyone had a great time.

This was the highest turnout for the alumni game in 20 years and players from the very first team in 1979 attended as well as a few of last years players.

In the evening 23 players came back to watch our match versus the Greenville Green Wave and to see our "Team of the 90's" honored during halftime of the varsity game. 


Head Coach Ric Campbell worked with three of the coaches who led the Vikings from 1990 to 1999 to select the "Team of the 90's".  This collection of 18 players were selected from an initial list of 31 players. Seven were unanimous selections.

The Coach of the 90's is Mike Bozzo who led the Vikings from 1991 to 1994.  He also was an assistant coach for several years.  Mike had a career mark of 32-29-10 with the Vikings and won the first Sectional title in 1994.

Below are the top 18 players who represent the best Viking booters in our second decade of play:

Class of 1990 - *Matt Weiss and Bryan Kennard

Class of 1991 - *Matt Engleka

Class of 1992 - *Brian Gadd, Jeff Giffen and Mark Shirley

Class of 1993 - *Ted Morningstar and Isaiah Bennett

Class of 1994 -  Matt Valiante and Jason McEldowney

Class of 1995 - *Charlie Pearson and Jason Green

Class of 1996 - *Chris Cheatham and Chris Gomes

Class of 1997 - *Luke Arnold, Chris Black and Justin King

Class of 1998 -  Jon Moore

* Unanimous Choice

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Head Coach Ric Campbell worked with three of the four coaches from the first decade and is pleased to announce the "Team of the 80's".  This collection of 18 players were voted on from an initial list of 25 candidates.  Seven players were unanimous choices. "I am so excited to recognize this fine group of past Viking soccer stars, " shares Coach Campbell. "These players represent the best of the first ten seasons of Viking soccer.  I have lived most of my life in Miamisburg and was able to see many of these players on the pitch. When I joined the program in 2006, one of my goals was to find ways to get our alumni involved with our team.  This recognition is one step towards that goal.  To look back and thank those who contributed at a high level should be motivation to our current crop of players.."

The coach of the 80's is Tom Didas.  Tom holds the record for most wins in a career (47), in a season (12) and most goals scored by a team (87).  He guided the Vikings for five seasons after assisting the program the first two years.

Team of the 80's
Team of the 80's

Listed below are the player selections  (BOLD LETTERS INDICATE UNANIMOUS CHOICE) :
Kneeling (L to R):
David Schenck '85, Mike Schenck '83, Scott Ramberger '89
Standing (L to R): Coach Tom Didas '79-'85, Jerry Randolph '84, Tony Phibbs '82, Mark Blauvelt '84, Mike Gibson '81, Duane Gilkison '89, Chris Pursifull '87, Todd Emmons '87,  Wayne Gilkison '89, Coach Ric Campbell '06-'08.
Not Pictured:
Danny Morris '82,  Joe Jergens '83, Darrin Tallman '83, Steve Reck '86, Roger Low '87, Mike Petticrew '87, P.J. Docka '88  

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