Albert H. Laverson, 94, formerly of Haddonfield, a Drexel University tennis and soccer coach who was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Lions Gate, the continuing care retirement community in Voorhees.
At Drexel, Mr. Laverson was the men's head tennis coach for 32 years and men's assistant soccer coach for 43 years. Mr. Laverson was named in 2006 to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for his soccer accomplishments.
Mr. Laverson grew up in the Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown neighborhoods and graduated in 1938 from Central High School, where he was the soccer team captain, according to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
He studied at Temple University where, son Philip said, he played center midfield on the school's soccer teams in 1939 and 1940.
Mr. Laverson was an Army officer from 1941 to 1945, his son said, and saw combat on Sicily and at Anzio, Salerno, and Monte Cassino, earning a Purple Heart.
He returned to earn a bachelor's in education at Temple, while his play as a center midfielder on the university's 1946 team earned him a first on an all-America team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, according to a Temple website.
After graduation, he played professional soccer with the Philadelphia Americans in the American Soccer League.
He was captain of the U.S. soccer team that played in the 1953 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, his son said.
But he had already begun his Drexel coaching career in 1948, working as an assistant soccer coach until 1991, helping the team to a national championship title in 1958, according to a Drexel website.
Mr. Laverson was head coach of the Drexel tennis team, a sports spokesman there said, though the years when he led the team were not available.
Mr. Laverson was president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and president of the Temple University Soccer Alumni, his son said.
From the late 1940s to the mid-1990s, his son said, he taught physical education, history, and other subjects at John Bartram, Overbrook, and South Philadelphia High Schools, at the last of which he was the chess coach in the 1970s and 1980s.
He coached in a summer program at Drexel for neighborhood youngsters in the 1960s and 1970s, his son said, and taught tennis in a Cherry Hill municipal program in the 1990s.
Away from the fields and the courts, he competed, as well, in ballroom dancing events in the 1950s and 1960s in Philadelphia and Manhattan, his son said.
Mr. Laverson studied at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tyler School of Art, and the Fleisher Art Memorial to produce exhibited works in several mediums.
Besides his son Philip, Mr. Laverson is survived by his wife, Muriel, daughter Wendy Millman, and two grandchildren.
Services took place on Monday, Aug. 4.
Donations may be sent to Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08003 or to www.templeemanuel.org.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.plattmemorial.com.