Brenda Nance (Caugherty)
Our deepest sympathy to Margie and the McCafferty family.
We are incredibly grateful Ed McCafferty came into our lives. Our son Ryan was a young soccer player in the late 80s. While playing for a Penn Hills club team in a tournament, and with us sitting in the stands, a gentleman approached us and said he like the way Ryan played and would we be interested in having him join the Penn’s Forest cup team? Of course, we said yes.
That encounter led to an incredible life journey for our son. Ed McCafferty recognized Ryan’s talent, and with the other talented Penn’s Forest players and the coaching of Bill Truschel (son of Tom and Mary Jo), they won 2 state championships. Erik Ingram [son of Cheryl (Stresky) and Pete] also coached Ryan.
That (and lots of hard work) led to the upper echelons of the soccer world for Ryan: Olympic Development, Region I Championship, National Championships in Indiana, Elite Soccer Camp (Memphis), recruitment from many colleges, Wake Forest University four NCAA appearances, drafted by MLS Sporting Kansas City, 6 years playing pro soccer in four European countries, and induction into the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame.
All because Ed McCafferty saw talent in a little boy who loved soccer.
Our love to you Margie. We hold your family in our hearts.
Brenda (Nance) and Richard Caugherty