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Spokane's 'Mr. Soccer' dies

Spokane 'Spokesman-Review'
Spokane, WA -- Cor van der Meer, the founder and former longtime coach of the men's and women's soccer programs at Community Colleges of Spokane and one of the sport's best-known regional personalities, died early Wednesday morning following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

He was 74.

"Cor was 'Mr. Soccer' of Spokane in my mind," said Maury Ray, who served as the athletic director at CCS from 1976-2005 and first hired van der Meer to coach the Sasquatch men's team in 1985. "He was the ultimate in what we could have asked for in a soccer coach, and he is really going to be missed, not only by CCS but by the entire Spokane soccer community."

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Cor's memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 4:00 pm at the Spokane Falls Community College stadium (outdoors). A gathering will be held in the stadium dance room following the memorial service. Also, included is a link to the Spokesman-Review newspaper article. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Zacher at SFCC ( 509-533-3630).


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