by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO (April 27, 2019) – St. Louis indoor soccer legend Daryl Doran has earned a spot in the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame, the organization announced on the Kick This radio show April 27. Daryl was the first Head Coach of the current St. Louis Ambush franchise.

St. Louis sports broadcaster Randy Karraker once called Doran “the godfather of St. Louis soccer.” It’s hard to argue with that moniker. Since his days at Christian Brothers College High School, Doran made his mark on the metro soccer scene and eventually became synonymous with professional indoor soccer in St. Louis.

Doran became a fixture in the indoor game as both a player and a coach. He enjoyed an illustrious playing career that spanned 22 seasons, beginning as a 19-year-old rookie with the original Steamers in 1982 and concluding with the St. Louis Illusion (PASL) in 2008. His 828 games played is a record that remains unsurpassed. Doran’s career stats include 415 goals and 529 assists. He was a six-time All-Star, a two-time all-NSPL pick and the 1996-97 NPSL Defender of the Year.

In addition to being an elite player, Doran was an accomplished coach who guided the original St. Louis Ambush to the NPSL title in 1995. It remains the only professional soccer championship won by a St. Louis team to date. Doran coached the original Ambush from 1992 to 1999 (NPSL), the WISL St. Louis Steamers from 2000 to 2001, the MISL St. Steamers from 2003 to 2005 and the current St. Louis Ambush from 2013 to 2016.

Doran is a St. Louis native who was a four-year starter at CBC High School. Although the Steamers drafted him while still in high school, Daryl declined and went on to St. Louis University. The Steamers drafted him a second time during his freshman year in college. He accepted the offer, turned pro, and kicked off what would become one of the greatest careers in history. Doran was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Another player with a St. Louis connection, Stan Terlecki, joins the 2019 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame class. Terlecki spent six seasons in professional indoor soccer. Terlecki split the 1981-82 MISL MVP Award with Steve Zungul when he scored a career-high 117 points. Terlecki’s time in St. Louis was spent during the 1989-90 season, when he appeared in 39 games with the St. Louis Storm, tallying 24 goals and 11 assists.

St. Louis Ambush CEO Shelly Clark said the club will honor Doran’s career and his many contributions to St. Louis soccer when the organization raises a banner bearing his retired number seven during their 2019-20 season, which kicks off this fall. Season tickets are now on sale for the 2019-20 season. For more information, call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363. Keep up to date on all Ambush news by following the official website, and on Facebook and Twitter. 


See the entire 2019 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame 2019 inductee class.

Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame website.