Canada Soccer announced Thursday the passing of former Canada Soccer President and Life Member Terry Quinn. He was 76 years old.
“Mr. Terry Quinn was a great servant of our sport as Canada Soccer President and he will be dearly missed by all that knew him,” Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President, said in a statement issued by the CSA. “He made a positive impact on Canadian soccer at both the national and international levels.”
Mr. Quinn, who served as Canada Soccer’s 29th President from 1992 to 1998, oversaw a number of milestone moments for the country, as Canada played host to both the 1994 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and 1996 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers, as well as the first FIFA World Cup trophy visit in 1992 ahead of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA. In August 1994, the Canadian Women’s National Team also qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time.
The Quebec City native was a member of the Québec Soccer Hall of Fame, and also served on the Canada Soccer Finance Committee in 1985. He later served as Canada Soccer’s Treasurer from 1986 to 1992, during which Canada won the 1985 CONCACAF Championship, and also qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He also helped launch the Women’s National Team program in 1986.
In his time in sport, Mr. Quinn also served as Deputy Chairman of the CONCACAF Youth Commission, served as Director of the Canadian Olympic Association, served on the Disciplinary Committee for the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Spain, and also served as a member of The Soccer Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.