A consummate midfielder with a commanding presence on the pitch, Steve Totten ’98 racked up an impressive list of accolades as a four-year starter under Peddie Sports Hall of Fame coach Steve Collis.
Whether it was by stopping the opposition from scoring or providing the offensive spark that leads to a goal, Totten etched his place in Falcon lore as a midfield maestro. Few players could match his technical skills when it came to passing, possessing the ball, or tallying brilliant goals from set pieces.
During his sophomore soccer season, Totten set a school record with 29 goals, received his first of three All-American nods from the National Soccer Coaches Association, and garnered Trenton Times recognition as Player of the Year. He gained international experience playing with the U.S. Under-17 National Team, and capped his Peddie career by earning a spot on the Parade All-American Team.
Steve brought his soccer magic to the midfield at the University of Virginia, where he was a three-time captain and twice the Cavaliers’ Most Valuable Player. Starting in 85 matches with UVA teams that ranked in the top 10 nationally during each of his four seasons, he lit up the scoreboard with 22 goals and 19 assists, while registering three game-winners.
After graduating with a degree in economics, Totten was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the first pick of the third round (26th overall) in the 2002 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
The Peddie Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to name Steve Totten to its honor roll for his skill and unwavering dedication to the game. His soccer career continues to flourish as he has coached successfully at the college level, including at American University and Princeton University.