Country: United States
Born: March 10, 1919, in Salmuenster,
Died: July 1, 1987
Kurt Lamm was known as the “Roving Ambassador” for the
development and growth of soccer in the United States. He was inducted
into the U.S.
National Soccer Federation Hall of Fame in 1979.
For 43 years, the German-born Lamm served as a soccer player, coach,
and manager in the American Soccer League. He went on to become its
administrative director, vice president, and president from 1962 to
1967. He was general secretary of its successor United States Soccer
from 1971 to 1987.
As a player, Lamm was a fullback-forward for 29 years
(20 years as an
amateur) with F. C. Schmalnau and F. C. Borussia Fulda—both
and Prospect Unity, New York Americans, Eintracht, and F. C.
Hakoah in the United States. His Eintracht team of the German-American
League won the 1944 National Amateur Cup Championship.
During his 14 years as a coach, Lamm’s New York Hakoah team won
three successive American Soccer League Championships from 1955 to
1958. He was named ASL’s Manager of the Year for the 1957–58
Lamm personified American soccer from the mid-1940s through the