Howie Hawver was tabbed # 11 in XKSoccer's review of San Diego's 50 Most Influential People in the San Diego Soccer Community. The poll noted:
11. Howie Hawver: The San Diego Spirit director of soccer operations monopolized the headlines this year. The majority of the community was outraged when CSC San Diego cut ties with the coach who learned he had Lou Gehrig's disease in December 2008. The Crusaders opted for a one-director program, which ended up working out better for Hawver, who was always told he should have his own club. He finally has that with the upstart Spirit. With Hawver's diagnosis public, the community rallied around the coach who spent the past 15 years developing the Grossmont College women's soccer program, and the better part of the decade making Patrick Henry HS a perpetual CIF playoff contender.
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