Ray MacCormack is no stranger to soccer. The Nova Scotia native has extensive experience as a player, coach, and advocate and UPEI is happy to announce he will be attending the 2012 Subway Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Men’s Soccer Championship as the honorary chair.
MacCormack’s soccer career began in the mid 1960s, where he played two years with Xavier Junior College—now known as Cape Breton University—before moving on to finish his studies at St. Francis Xavier University where he played on their varsity squad for two years.
Upon graduation, MacCormack headed to Prince Edward Island where he played in a recreational soccer league before taking on a high school soccer coaching opportunity in Sierra Leone, West Africa, for two years.
MacCormack received his Bachelor of Education from UPEI and went on to teach for 30 years at Queen Charlotte, East Wiltshire, and Stonepark intermediate schools, where he also coached boys’ soccer. In 1981, MacCormack saw a need and established a junior girls’ soccer program at East Wiltshire, the first of its kind across the province.
“Sport is fantastic, it builds so much character in young people,” said MacCormack.
During his time as a coach, MacCormack won approximately 10 championship titles. He’s also been involved for many years in organizing university, local, and national soccer tournaments. MacCormack was the 2005 AUS honorary chair and is thrilled to be a part of this year’s championship weekend.
“We all have talents and gifts, but the key to the talent or gift is to pass it on. One of our greatest gifts is time, and we need to pass that on to others—it will create lasting friendships and memories,” he said.
The championship weekend kicks off with soccer action on Friday at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance by contacting (902) 566-0432.