Myernick, 51, dies four days after suffering heart attack.
THORNTON, Colo. (Monday, October 9, 2006) -- Glenn Myernick, an assistant coach with the United States men, died today of a heart attack he suffered Thursday. He was 51.
| Glenn Myernick statred his career with the United States men's program in 1975 and went on to serve in a variety of coaching positions.
-- Hartwick College web site photos --
Myernick collapsed after he had jogged and did not regain consciousness at North Suburban Medical Center. His family -- wife Nancy, son Travis and daughter Kelly -- were at his side when he passed away, the U.S. Soccer Federation reported.
"We lost a great person today," said former U.S. men's manager Bruce Arena, who hired Myernick as his top assistant in 2001. "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 family."
Myernick, nicknamed "Mooch," coached at virtually every level of the U.S. men's program. He led Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids from 1997-2000, compiling a 63-61-4 (.508) record, 10th on the MLS all-time victories list.
Under Myernick, Colorado went to the 1997 MLS Cup final, losing 2-1 to D.C. United. In 1999, Colorado went 20-12 in MLS and also advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final in which the team fell 2-0 to the second-division A-League's Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-0.
"Glenn Myernick was a player and coach deeply passionate about soccer and life," USSF president Sunil Gulati. "Whether it was family, friends or soccer, Mooch was the kind of person that embraced everything in life, loving every minute of it. He will truly be missed by all of us in the U.S. Soccer family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy and his children at this difficult time."
Myernick, who called Denver home, served under Arena in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. He also coached the U.S. under-23 men from 2002-2004, but the team failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
After Arena was fired July 14, Myernick remained with the USSF under a contract that ran to the end of this year.
| Glenn Myernick earned 10 caps with the U.S. men and was captain of the team in 1978.
Myernick captured the 1976 Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best college player, as a defender at Hartwick. He was an All-American in 1974 and 1976 and the Hawks went to the NCAA Division I Final Four both years. After he departed, Hartwick won the national championship in 1977.
He was inducted in the Hartwick Hall of Fame in 1995, a year in which he was coaching the U.S. under-17s, who he took to the world championships in Ecuador.
He made 10 international appearances for the U.S. men, coming between 1975-79 (serving as captain in 1978) and also represented his nation, starting four games in the 1976 Summer Olympics, as well as playing for the Pan American Games team.
Myernick also played for eight seasons in the old North American Soccer League for the Dallas Tornado (1977-1979), Portland Timbers (1980-1982) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (1983-1984).
The family asks, in lieu of flowers, fans to make a donation to a charitable fund set up in his Myernick's honor. Donations will be made to causes chosen by the family in the future. Monetary donations can be sent to the address below with checks payable to the Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation with reference to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund.
Colorado Rapids Community Relations Department
Attention: Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, Colorado 80204
Fans can send their memories of "Mooch" to the USSF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some will be posted on the organization's web site.
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