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Ex-coach wants soccer players to use their head(gear)

Niskayuna’s Gene Whitney, former men’s soccer coach at SUNY Delhi, displays the college’s 1964 yearbook, documenting his team’s unbeaten season.
Niskayuna’s Gene Whitney, former men’s soccer coach at SUNY Delhi, displays the college’s 1964 yearbook, documenting his team’s unbeaten season.
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The concern over head injuries in soccer is a relatively new issue, and while a serious debate over how to best deal with them has begun, the question has lingered for Niskayuna’s Gene Whitney for a half-century. In the fall of 1964, Whitney coached the men’s soccer team at SUNY Delhi to an undefeated season in the program’s very first year. Soon after the season was over, however, Harry Wilkerson, a key member of the ...


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