Hall of Fame Inductee - Jim Bruce
1983 QHS graduate, Boys Soccer
The defensive anchor of one of the
highest-ranked Quincy High School
boys soccer teams in program history,
Jim Bruce owns a unique distinction.
He is the only QHS goalkeeper
to receive all-state honors.
The Blue Devils spent the entire
1982 season ranked in the top 10 in
the Illinois Soccer Coaches
Association state poll, reaching as
high as No. 2. They were salty defensively,
posting eight shutouts and
allowing just 22 goals in a 14-6-2
campaign. Quincy won 12 of its first
15 games and beat Quincy Notre
Dame in the regional.
A loss to Springfield Lanphier in
the sectional ended the season.
Bruce, who was joined on the allstate
team by Jim Sandercock and
Roger Wilson, was a three-year
starter at keeper, compiling a 43-16-
4 record with 28 shutouts. He
earned a scholarship to Quincy
College, where in 1984 he was named
first-team All-Illinois goalkeeper.
In 1986, Bruce played in the
Senior Bowl Indoor All-Star game,
and following his senior season, he
had tryouts with Partick Thistle, a
First Division team in Glasgow,
Scotland, and the Wichita Wings of
the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Bruce is a member of the Quincy
Fire Department and serves as lieutenant
on Engine 5. He and his wife,
Deborah, were married in 2003, and
he has two daughters — 14-year-old
Chelsea and 10-year-old Madison —
who Bruce says he is very proud of.
“To this day, I am always proud to
say that I played for the Quincy Blue
Devils. Being elected to the QHS Hall
of Fame is such an honor, considering
all the great soccer players that
played at QHS before and after me.
I would like to thank my two
coaches from QHS — Dick Stewart
and George Nelson. Besides coaching
us in soccer, they also taught us to
be responsible young adults. Thank
you to my coaches at Quincy College
— Jack Mackenzie, Elias Manassah
and the late Frank Longo. Thank you
to my first soccer coach — the late
Bill Hickle. He was the person that
talked me into playing soccer for
QHS. I hope I made him proud.
A big thanks to my mom for all
the thousands of miles she drove
going to practices and games and
waching all those dirty uniforms. And
thank you to the Hall of Fame committee,
this truly is a wonderful
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