(Editor’s note: Keith is a longtime contributor to BC Soccer Web with regular updates about the great work being done with youth soccer in Kamloops. Wishing him nothing but the best in his retirement!)
Kamloops, BC – Friday, November 30th––is Keith Liddiard’s last day as the Executive Director of KYSA.
After 10 years of service to the local association––and 38 years in the soccer business––Liddiard is retiring!
The 38 years of service to soccer has included 20 years as the Executive Director of the BC Youth Soccer Association, 4 years as the paid Head Coach of the Pitt Meadows Soccer Club, 4 years as General Manager of Premier Soccer Experiences (the company behind the residential Soccer Academy at Shawnigan Lake, and the Mini-Soccer Festival that was held for many years at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver between Christmas and New Years), and ten years as the Executive Director of the KYSA.
Liddiard is being replaced by Missy Cederholm, formerly with the Kamloops Blazers. Cederholm joined the KYSA two months ago and has been shadowing Liddiard to ensure a smooth transition. She is a graduate of Thompson-Rivers University with a BBA in Marketing and Finance with Honours and brings to the Executive Director’s position qualifications and experience that will be of great benefit to the KYSA, which in 2018 registered 3300 players––making it the largest amateur sports organization in Kamloops.
Cederholm will work alongside KYSA Technical Director Ciaran McMahon, Senior Staff Coach Mark Bell, Office Coordinators Carolyn Birch and Donna Marshall, Program Coordinator Clive Lovett and Bookkeeper Justine Rinaldi.
“I wish to thank former KYSA President Graham Cope for hiring me and for the ten productive years we worked together,” says Liddiard. “The job has been most enjoyable and rewarding because of the great relationship we had.”
Cope, a volunteer, stood down as KYSA President in 2016 after ten consecutive years as the organization’s leader.
“I also wish to express my appreciation for the support I have received from those who have served as directors of the association, the staff, and our sister organizations in the Okanagan region. I also wish Missy every success moving forward.” Liddiard adds.