Builder - Alex Hylan

Born: Clydebank, Scotland, November 16, 1928.Alex Hylan

Alex Hylan was involved with soccer at all levels and had a deep passion for the sport for more then 40 years. Alex moved from Scotland to Laval, Quebec in May 1951 and was employed by Canadian Vickers Shipyard where he played for, and was a committee member of, the soccer team. In 1960 he was appointed Secretary to the Quebec Minor Soccer Association and continued as a member of the Promotions Committee from 1964 to 1973. In 1968 Alex helped organize the Canadian Soccer Association's National Coaching and Leadership Clinic. In 1969 he was designated by the Quebec Minor Soccer Association as one of its key representatives to join and was a founding member of the Canadian Minor Soccer Association. Established at a meeting held in Toronto on June 1, 1969 the CMSA was formed for the purpose of fostering and developing the game of minor soccer in Canada, he became president in 1972 and 1973. Following more than 20 years in Quebec he and his wife moved to British Columbia and from 1977 to 1989 he became a member of the executive of the Canadian Soccer Association responsible for Technical Programs. While with the Canadian Soccer Association he served as Head of Delegation for the National Men's Soccer Team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games as well as with the FIFA U20 World Cup held in the USSR in 1985. In 1989 Alex left The Canadian Soccer Association to take a position with the newlyformed Victoria Vistas professional club. During his years in British Columbia he served as Director of the Vancouver Island Soccer Association, Director of the Oak Bay Soccer Association and Treasurer of the Lower Island Youth Soccer Association.. Alex was honoured with a Life Membership to the Canadian Soccer Association as well as a Life Membership with the British Columbia Soccer Association for the lasting contribution that he made to soccer in Canada.