Exceptional performances as a player, respected contributions as an official and dedicated service as a coach highlight Jim Loderís soccer career. A St. Lawrence all-star, this impressive individual gave a great deal back to soccer during and after his playing career was completed.
Much of Loderís minor soccer was played in Quebec between 1962 and 1970 but upon his return to St. Lawrence he joined a group of local stars and moved into the serious side of the sport when he attended Memorial University on his way to a physical education degree.
He blossomed under top coaching at MUN and became a valuable member of the varsity team from1970 to 1974. His play was of such high caliber that he earned a berth on the Newfoundland and Labrador all-star squad for the 1973 Canada Summer Games.
From 1973 until 1985 he played a major role in the impressive success that St. Lawrence put together within Burin Peninsula, provincial and national senior soccer competition. After 1985 he often filled in with St. Lawrence when and where it was necessary.
He was a valuable member of St. Lawrence clubs that racked up four appearances in national Challenge Cup finals, earned two Atlantic Challenge Cup titles, captured one Eastern Canadian championship and won nine provincial Challenge Cup crowns as well as being designated provincial team of the decade for the 1970ís.
His stellar and fearless play at left fullback, coupled with fine performances in other positions when necessary, was a major aspect of the St. Lawrence successes.
On at least eight occasions he was selected to play with all-star teams that faced visiting high level clubs such as Ayre United and in all outings he was one of the better local performers. The numerous individual awards that he earned are another indication of his great skill and talent.
After his senior career, he moved into masters soccer with St. Lawrence and continued his impressive play with major contributions to the remarkable 11 provincial championships that teams of which he was a member earned.
From 1973 to the present, Jim Loder has been a fine soccer official, rising to a class one level. Earning respect from all the soccer people with whom he has been in contact, his officiating has been utilized at many, many local and provincial games and on several occasions for national championships.
An excellent indication of the quality of his soccer involvement was his 2004 selection by the Newfoundland and Labrador High School Athletic Federation for a special award to recognize a remarkable 28-year coaching career. His devotion to soccer, and to St. Lawrence, is noted very well by this aspect of his life.
In addition to his school involvement, he has coached age-group teams at the local and provincial levels and on two occasions has headed Newfoundland and Labrador teams at national championships.
He was inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.