Reinikainen, Stainback Inducted Into Athletic Hall Of Fame
PEMBROKE – Timo Reinikainen, the first
NCAA all-American in the history of the men’s soccer program,
and Jay Stainback, a four-time all-American wrestler in the mid
1980s, became the 72nd and 73rd members of the Athletic Hall of
Fame on Friday evening. Both were officially inducted into the
distinguished listing of former athletes, coaches and
administrators at a special ceremony.
A two-time all-region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, as well as a two-time all-Peach Belt Conference honoree, Reinikainen earned all-American status in 1992 – the first of just four NCAA all-Americans in the history of the program in Pembroke. A starting midfielder, Reinikainen led the Black and Gold to a cumulative 20-13-0 record in two seasons while also scoring nine career goals and 11 assists. Despite suffering a knee injury in his senior season, he continued his dedication to the men’s soccer team though continuous support as an assistant coach along with his permanent effort in practice and on the field.
Reinikanen and his wife currently reside in Vantaa, Finland, where is an operations manager at Helsinki-Service Oy. His day-to-day operations include international and domestic postal shipments along with developing customer relationships using his knowledge of English and Finnish.
One of 22 members of UNCP’s 100 Wins Club, Stainback was decorated with all-American honors following all four seasons of competition in the Black and Gold, including three laurels in the 190-pound weight class. Having booked 117 wins during his career in Pembroke, Stainback earned NAIA all-district laurels following each of his four seasons, while also capturing the region championship as a sophomore in 1984-85. A two –time academic scholar as well, he was an integral part of a dominating UNCP squad that captured NAIA district championships in both 1985 and 1986.
Stainback and his wife, Juliet, currently reside in Raleigh where he is a teacher concentrating his efforts on children with special needs at Millbrook High School. The couple are the proud parents of two boys, Michael Angelo and Kyle.