, a sports reporter for USA Today as the U.S. men's and women's national teams took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died on Thursday at the age of 71 at his home in Herndon,
Nance was a graduate of Tuskegee University and worked as a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, before joining USA Today.
As a national
newpaper, USA Today was influential in giving coverage to soccer that it previously lacked in the media.
Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney
and Nance were the only U.S. reporters to
cover the inaugural Women's World Cup in China in 1991 when the USA captured the first of its four world titles. Nance would later cover the NBA for 15 seasons for USA Today before leaving the paper
In retirement, he continued to write about sports, covering for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for its Web site. His last story, about North Carolina A&T’s
football team, was published less than three weeks ago.
Nance was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Hall of Fame in 2015.