Tuesday, October 10, 2006

OBT: Glenn Myernick

OBITUARY: Glenn ''Mooch'' Myernick

U.S. men's national team assistant coach Glenn ''Mooch'' Myernick died on Monday morning after failing to regain consciousness following a heart attack he suffered on Thursday.

Myernick, 51, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Nancy, daughter Kelly and son Travis, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo.

Myernick was Bruce Arena's assistant coach at the last two World Cups and the 1996 Olympics. He served as a U.S. Soccer coach twice (1992-97 and 2001-present). He coached the U.S. U-17s at the 1995 Under-17 World Championship and the U.S. U-23s in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2004 Olympics.

''We lost a great person today,'' said Arena. ''He was an unbelievable husband and father, and the finest soccer person I've ever come across in the United States. He was an amazing resource for soccer in this country. He will be sorely missed. My heart and thoughts are with his wife Nancy and children, Kelly and Travis, and the rest of his family.''

Myernick starred as a defender at Mercer County Community College and Hartwick, winning the Hermann Trophy in 1976. He played eight years in the NASL with Dallas, Portland and Tampa Bay and was among the American field players who played the most games in the foreigner-dominated NASL.

Myernick earned 10 caps for the USA in 1977-79 and after his playing career went into coaching, first working as a college assistant at Tampa and Hartwick. Besides his work with the U.S. national team program, Myernick coached the Colorado Rapids for four seasons (1997-2000), leading them to the MLS Cup 1997 final in his first year as coach.

Fans wishing to send their thoughts and well wishes to the Myernick family should address such items to: Colorado Rapids Community Relations Dept., attn: Mooch Myernick, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204.

Further reading:
Soccer America Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney remembers Myernick
Last March, Soccer America Executive Editor Mike Woitalla profiled Myernick: "U.S. assistant's coaching career has touched all levels of the U.S. game."

U.S. Soccer collects Memories of Mooch

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