John "Jack" Nolan (Veteran) - Inducted 2021
John “Jack” Nolan moved to Fairfax County in 1974. He enrolled his 8-year-old son in Southwestern Youth Soccer and later to a club closer to his home, Springfield Youth Club (SYC). In 1975 Jack stepped up to coach the SYC Hornets. After two years coaching recreational soccer, one of Jack’s sons tried out and was selected for a travel soccer team. Wanting to stay involved in his son’s activities, Jack became the assistant coach to Gene Mishalow in Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC). Jack’s other son continued to play in SYC. In Spring 1980 Jack was nominated and elected to the SYC Board of Directors as the Vice-President of Operations. Also, in 1980 Jack was the appointed SYC representative to the Fairfax County Soccer Council and soon after became the Fairfax County Soccer Council alternate to the Fairfax Council Athletic Council. In the 1980’s soccer organizations in Fairfax County began to grow rapidly. Fairfax County’s “Field Allocations” were a huge issue. In 1981, Jack was elected as the President of the Springfield Youth Club and served for multiple terms. Later that same year, Jack was elected as the Fairfax County Soccer Council President. During Jack’s tenure, his contributions were epic, extraordinary, revolutionary and yes, legendary. He raised awareness of players in financial need in Fairfax County in all sports. He was involved in new schools being built and in field improvement and maintenance.