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Salpointe Catholic boys soccer coach Wolfgang Weber is congratulated after earning his 500th win against Mountain View in the semifinals of the 5A Southern Region Tournament Jan. 27, 2010 at Tucson High School.

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There’s little debate that Weber is the “Father of Soccer” in Tucson, a culture-changing coach who arrived from his native Germany in the mid-’70s to become the person most responsible for the growth of soccer at the high school level. Along the way, Weber has won six state championships, spread from 1985 to 2013, and triggered Tucson’s reputation as one of the leading soccer cities in America.

Contact sports columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4362 or ghansen@tucson.com. On Twitter: @ghansen711

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.