"Friendship thru Soccer"
This motto has been at the heart of Coach Werner's career... While highly competitive and successful wherever he has coached, his greatest enjoyment has been the friends he has made through the game.
This is exemplified by his continuing friendship with his college coach and mentor, Garth Stam, of Oneonta
Following his playing career at Oneonta, Coach Werner became the head coach for 31 years at Arlington Memorial High School.
His retirement from that position in 2003, with a Vermont State record for career wins (346-108-31) was front page news in the Bennington Banner, and led to his induction into the Vermont Principal's Association Hall of Fame in May of 2004.
During his career at Arlington, Werner founded the Arlington Youth Soccer League, which he ran for 30 seasons (1975-2004).
Coach Werner was also instrumental in the development of the Southwest VT Youth Soccer League, encompassing eleven towns, serving as its commissioner from its inception in 1980 until 2004.
Each year the school/community hosts the John Werner Soccer Tournament on Labor Day Weekend.
Deserving students are awarded Werner Scholarships each year at Arlington Memorial High School.
John Werner Honored
John Werner, a longtime Arlington Memorial High School soccer coach and educator, was honored at a dedication ceremony. The presentation also dedicated a permanent display (shown above) and tribute to his career.
ARLINGTON -- Longtime Arlington Memorial High School soccer coach and educator John Werner was honored on Thursday morning at a dedication ceremony.
The list of accomplishments for the coach, teacher, and administrator are lengthy. Werner was the varsity coach of the Arlington boys soccer... More...