Hall of Fame 2018
PAUL ‘BUD’ ALEXANDER (1926 – 1989)
Paul “Bud” Alexander was born in the Kensington section of Philadelphia in 1926. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. During one battle, his ship was sunk and Bud spent eight hours in the water, contributing to later health problems. He moved back to Philadelphia upon his discharge from the Navy, and was employed by the Boys Club of Philadelphia and was their Director for 25 years, retiring in 1969. He then moved to East Cocalico Township where he resided for twenty years.
Bud was the director of Indian Run Camp in Vinemont where he was instrumental in bringing in boys from the Germantown Boys Club for a week to give them a taste of life outside of the big city. Being a fan of high school soccer, he followed many of the local soccer teams, especially Ephrata and he also coached at Wilson in Berks County. He was an assignor, assessor and instructor for the Reading-Berks and Lancaster-Lebanon Soccer Associations. Referee instruction was new to many of these areas so he can be credited with originating many of the programs there.
His friendship with Werner Kraheck led him to become involved in the Central Penn Soccer league in 1979 which encompassed 30 teams in 3 divisions: West, Central, and East. When a new league, the EPASL was formed, he joined as the Registrar and held that position until becoming ill and dying in the spring of 1989. EPASL honored Bud by hosting tournaments for several years beginning in 1992. Named the Bud Alexander Tournament, this competition drew players from all areas of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Bud’s passion for soccer made him an important part of the history and development of the game in Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties.