Hicabi "Turk" Emekli

Hicabi "Turk" Emekli (Veteran) - Inducted 2014

 Emekli's soccer career began in Turkey in the 1930's and continued in the United States from 1951 - 2010.  Turk played an instrumental role in advancing college and professional soccer.  As head coach, Turk led the Washingon Whips during the inaugural season of the NASL. Under Turk as player-head coach, Catholic University set national scoring records and won Mason-Dixon titles in 1956 and 1957; Catholic still surpasses the all-time best NCAA Division I records for team and individual goals scored per game average in a season.  Turk, First Team All-Mason Dixon and 1992 Catholic Hall of Fame inductee, coached Catholic for 21 seasons. Recognized as the best player on the field by Galatasaray legend Gündüz Kılıç, Emekli played with Genclerbirligi Soccer Club, the Greek Americans in the German American Soccer League, Central Valet, Lido, and the Italian Americans in the National Soccer League.  Turk later enjoyed a 40-year officiating career.