Pachi Lopez ’71 Inducted 2004


Pachi   Lopez

A pioneer in Golden Gustie men's soccer, Pachi Lopez was instrumental in convincing the administration to add soccer as a varsity sport in 1968. Lopez then became a standout midfielder for the Gusties and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 42 goals and 10 assists for 92 points.

In 1969, Lopez helped the Gusties claim the program's first-ever Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship with a record of 4-0-1. Pachi, who earned all-conference honors, lead the team in scoring with 22 goals. In 1970, Lopez tallied 20 goals and added 10 assists as the Gusties won their second consecutive MIAC title with a record of 10-0-0. Lopez earned all-conference honors for a second consecutive year. The team finished the regular season with a mark of 13-0-0 and received the program's first post-season bid. The Gusties lost in the NAIA playoffs to defending national champion Quincy College 5-1. During the 1970 season, Lopez set the school record for goals in a game with five against Hamline. That record stands to this day.

A native of Ecuador, Lopez graduated in 1971 with a major in English. He taught English at Neil Armstrong High School in Robbinsdale for seven years while also coaching soccer. Several of his players at Armstrong ended up playing collegiate soccer at Gustavus. In 1978, Pachi entered the business world of international trade and in 1982 started a consulting firm that specialized in corporate training and development. For the next 20 years he traveled throughout the United States and the world with his consulting business. This year, Lopez accepted a position as vice president of corporate sales for Profiles International, which specializes in employee assessment and professional development. Pachi lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Cynthia. They have two cfhildren, Christina (34) and Rebecca (32).