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Virginia's Retired Number - #14 - Jeff Gaffney

The University of Virginia retired former All-America soccer player Jeff Gaffney's number--14--in April of 1987. The 1984 and 1985 All-America selection is the only Virginia soccer player to have his number retired.

A graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., Gaffney finished his Virginia career as UVa's career leader in goals and scoring, totaling 69 goals and 17 assists for 155 points. In his final season in 1985, Gaffney had 18 goals and three assists. He earned second-team All-America honors and led the Cavaliers to a 15-4-1 record and their fifth consecutive NCAA playoff appearance.

In 1984, Gaffney had 16 goals and seven assists. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. During his four years at Virginia, the Cavaliers compiled a 66-14-4 record (.810), won two ACC titles and earned four NCAA playoff berths. He finished his career third on the ACC career goals list and fifth on the ACC points list.

After notching 14 goals and five assists as a first-year player in 1982, Gaffney set Virginia records with 21 goals and 44 points during the 1983 season as the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Following his outstanding soccer career, Gaffney participated on the 1986 UVa football team as a place-kicker. He later tried out as a place-kicker with several teams in the National Football League.

Gaffney received his bachelor's degree in economics from UVa in the spring of 1987. He is currently a sales manager and the principle broker for the Forest Lakes residential community in Charlottesville.


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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.

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