PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s soccer program will add two members to its list of retired jerseys on Friday night. Steve Rammel and Dave Mueller will each have their Rutgers jersey retired in a ceremony to take place on the field at Yurcak Stadium prior to Rutgers’ game with San Diego State at 8 p.m. in the Philips/adidas Soccer Classic.
Rammel, now the head coach at St. Mary’s College in CA, will bring his team to Piscataway, NJ, to compete in the Philips/adidas Soccer Classic. The Gaels will face St. John’s on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before a matchup with Rutgers on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Rammel is in his third season as head coach of the Gaels. A 1990 Rutgers graduate, he led his team to back-to-back Final Fours in 1989 and 1990, earning All-American honors in 1990. He led RU to the National Championship game his senior season. A runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, that goes to the top college soccer player in America, in 1990, Rammel recorded 17 goals in each of his two years at Rutgers after transferring from Connecticut. He is currently the Scarlet Knights' ninth ranked all-time scorer with 84 career points. Following his Scarlet Knights’ career, Rammel was an All-Star with the DC United of the MLS, becoming the first player ever in MLS history to record a hat trick.
"Steve was involved in two Final Fours with us,” Reasso said. “He was an assistant at UCLA and now heads his own program at St. Mary's. He is going through the early stages of building a program. I am sure he will be very successful and I am sure he is looking forward to this weekend as much as we are. We are looking forward to honoring him in a special ceremony before the game."
Mueller played for Rutgers from 1987-90. He is tops on the RU all-time assist charts with Brian Sentowski, recording 28 for his career. A ball-handling wizard, Mueller was a teammate of Rammel’s and current RU associate head coach Jeff Zaun on the 1990 national team that lost to UCLA on penalty kicks in the National Championship game.
"Dave wore the No. 7 for us,” said Reasso. “He had about as good a college career as you possible can. During his college career, he went to a final eight, a final four and a national championship. It doesn't get bet much better than that. He is probably the best central midfielder I have ever had. He is very quick, technical and very competitive. He was the engine behind the 1989 and 1990 teams that went to back-to-back Final Fours. Some players you like watching, I always truly enjoyed watching Dave Mueller play soccer. He has gone off to be a successful engineer.”
The pair will join Dave Masur, Art Brinkmann, Lino DiCuollo, Bobby Joe Esposito, David Grimaldi, and Herb Schmidt who have previously received the honor.