22 years ago, Floyd Lincoln was coaching Durand High School's Varsity Boys Soccer program. On Saturday morning, he was coaching Durand area AYSO 7 and 8 year old girls. That pretty well encapsulates the story of Floyd and Vicki Lincoln's dedication to the sport and to Durand athletics.
"Floyd was a coach of both boys and girls varsity soccer teams for 25 years and has achieved more than 200 wins. Vicki was always taking part in running concessions, planning banquets and putting on fundraisers," Dave Hensel said on Saturday evening, as the Lincolns were honored for their unwavering commitment to soccer in Durand, with the unveiling of the high school soccer fields new name: Lincoln Soccer Complex. Two new signs welcoming guests -- one marking the fields at the roadside and an arch that spectators walk under as they enter the fields -- each bare the new name.
Vicki addressed the crowd, saying "This has been a love of Floyd and mine for a lotta, lotta years, but we were able to do all of this because of all the help from all of you people, that kept us coming back."
Floyd got emotional as he recalled specific instances with players and teams; "You make an investment of your time. You make an investment of your life. And when you make investments in life, they have impact," he said. "Make those investments in your life," he continued. "Reach out to other people. Make an impact. And make it positive."
Floyd got laughs when he told the crowd he was shocked to hear of the plans of the dedication. "I wasn't anywhere near expecting something like this to take place! ...at least while I'm alive! They don't normally do that for people that are still able to put you in their will!"
He called the gesture touching and said it went above and beyond. "This creates a moment for our lives. This is something the both of us will cherish forever."
Together, as always, Floyd and Vicki cut the ceremonial ribbon.
After walking under the arch, Lincoln looked up and read aloud words painted on the arch's backside; "Soccer...it's a beautiful game." He then shared the emotion of sitting in the press box over a freshly mowed and painted pitch, the lights shining bright and kids on the field, and said "Let's go have us a beautiful game."
The first game to be played at the new Lincoln Soccer Complex: the 2019 Durand Soccer alumni game.