Pioneer - Ted Slade

2009 Ted SladeBorn: Woolwich, Kent, England, November 28, 1896. Died: Toronto,
Ontario, June 23, 1974

Ted Slade, was a player, coach and official in Ontario soccer for a period of 60 years. He began his Canadian playing career with Toronto Willys Overland in 1913, but early in 1915 enlisted on the Canadian Army and served in the First World War where he was seriously wounded. During a coaching career that spanned 23 years Ted coached numerous university and professional teams, including Western Technical Institute in Toronto from 1938 to 1951. Along the way became a pioneer of youth soccer in Canada when in 1949 he was appointed to the Committee for Minor Soccer Development. During that time he wrote what was probably the first coaching manual published in Canada, "Soccer Coaching for Schools and Colleges." He also coached the Toronto Greenbacks of the North American Professional Soccer League in 1946 and 1947.