Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association

Lower Merion Alumni Association  

 Coach Harold Helveston

Harold (Hap) Helveston has long been deceased, but is still considered the founder of the Lower Merion High School Boy’s Soccer Program. Before coming to Lower Merion he graduated from Haverford College, and first taught night classes at Temple. When he came to Lower Merion he became a teacher in the math department. Harold was instrumental in helping to form the very 1st boy’s soccer team in 1924, and coached for 18 years until 1941. According to the archives, that 1st team had a record of 7-5-4. There is no evidence that Lower Merion played in a formal high school soccer league until 1931. But in the 1st 11 years of league play, Lower Merion, under coach Helveston, finished in 1st place 5 times, and in 2nd place the other 6. District playoffs did not begin until 1954, long after Coach Helveston had retired. His 18 year coaching record was 146-72-40. Upon retirement, in the early 60’s, Harold became a world traveler. He visited 49 of the 50 states, as well as every continent except South America.


The MVP award, which has been given out to the varisty’s most valuable player for the past 30+ years, is named in his honor.