Child playing for the Pittsburgh Spirit during the 1983-84 MISL season (photo: TBC)
Paul Child first arrived on the Pittsburgh soccer scene in 1981, when he joined the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).
The native of Birmingham, England left his hometown in 1972, as Aston Villa loaned him to the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He went on to represent the San Jose Earthquakes for six seasons during the NASL’s heyday before winding down his outdoor career with brief stints at the Memphis Rogues and back in Atlanta. His 102 goals placed him fifth on the NASL’s all-time scoring list.
Child also was a prolific goalscorer during his five years with the Spirit. He remained in Pittsburgh when his playing career ended, accepting employment with Allegheny Millwork & Lumber company, located on the city’s South Side.
The Riverhounds hired Child as their director of youth development upon their inauguration in 1999. He has served as the team’s assistant coach and interim head coach during various stints with the club.
Child was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. He entered the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame in 2012 and the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame one year later.
Former Hounds head coach Gene Klein (photo courtesy of Gene Klein)
Gene Klein joined the Riverhounds as an assistant coach during the team’s inaugural 1999 season. He was named as head coach in December 2005 and subsequently led the Hounds to a third-place finish in the former USL Second Division before losing to Mark Steffens’ Charlotte Eagles team in the playoff semifinals.
He served as the head coach at Quaker Valley High School in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for 26 seasons (1981-05) while teaching social studies at the school. Klein led the Quakers to six PIAA state championships and six WPIAL titles. He was named NSCAA National High School Coach of the Year in 1996 after the school embarked on an undefeated 26-0 season to claim the No. 1 ranking in the nation.
Klein has extensive coaching experience at just about every level of the game in western Pennsylvania. He led the Carnegie Mellon University men’s soccer program for four years and spent 12 years as the state director of coaching for the PA West Soccer Association.
The PA Soccer Coaches Association recognized Klein’s work by presenting him with its Honor Award in 2007. He also was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Klein was inducted into the western chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame later that year.