Jim Sheldon, former NSCAA executive director, dies at age of 66

Jim Sheldon, the United Soccer Coaches' first full-time employee when he was hired as executive director of the then-NSCAA in June 1992, died at the age of 66.

Sheldon is credited with building many of the programs at the association, which grew from 8,000 to 29,000 members during his 17 years with the NSCAA until his retirement in May 2009. He was presented with the Honor Award, the association’s highest honor, at the 2014 Convention in Philadelphia.

“It’s a sad day losing such a good friend and mentor,” said Jeff Farnsworth, the United Soccer Coaches president. “I was fortunate to work with Jim for nearly 20 years. He was such a kind and compassionate man who touched so many people. United Soccer Coaches owes Jim so much for his leadership, dedication and vision! We lost a good friend and an icon of our association.”

Sheldon graduated from the University of Kansas, where he captained the club soccer team.

He also spent six and a half years at the NCAA in the publications and championships departments, working as the Division I men’s soccer administrator. Prior to joining the NSCAA, Sheldon served as vice president for the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games organizing committee.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice, in 2009 and is survived by his sons, Ilya (29) and Nicholas (24), both of Overland Park, Kan

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4 comments about "Jim Sheldon, former NSCAA executive director, dies at age of 66".
  1. Ric Fonseca, September 15, 2019 at 1:04 p.m.

    He was a very good and very understanding man.  May he Rest in Peace.  H.Ric Fonseca

  2. Richard Broad, September 15, 2019 at 2:50 p.m.

    I knew Jim before he became Executive Director of the NSCAA. He was a fine, decent man who did much for the organization.

  3. Kevin Sims, September 16, 2019 at 11:22 a.m.

    Wonderful husband, father, professional, colleague ... Soccer world is diminished

  4. G Guerrieri, September 16, 2019 at 11:47 a.m.

    An all around great man.  He did so much to make soccer stronger in the USA and to give coaches a voice and stronger association.  Kind, respectful, forward thinking, and a good friend to all.  Rest in Peace Jim.

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