SEATTLE, Wash. - Mike Ryan, a key figure in the founding of the sport of soccer in Washington state passed away in Seattle on Tuesday morning. Ryan was 77.
A family friend shares this sad news with goalWA.net, and adds that Mike had recently been ill. “He had many visitors in his last days, many former players came to honor him,” our source says.
Ryan was honored by Seattle Sounders FC with a Golden Scarf back in July of 2009.
In a 2008 article posted by the Sounders, Ryan talked about the birth of organized youth soccer in Washington. “I called the first meeting at my house, which I’d just bought and hadn’t furnished. We sat by the fireplace and determined we had to get a league, had to get an association and communications. I guess you could say that was the first meeting Washington State Youth Soccer Association. We had a meeting down in Tacoma the next month and I was elected the first president.”
Ryan also coached the Washington Huskies Men, the US Women’s National Team, Emerald City FC and more recently both the Boys and Girls teams at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School.
Mike Ryan’s Memorial Party will be held at the Arena Concourse (the concourse at Hec Ed, UW campus) January 12th at 4-7PM. It’s a drop in occasion, and will be a party per Mike’s wishes.