SSHoF logoAndy Sharpe

Builder (2006)


Andy SharpeAndy has played important roles as a player, coach and administrator in Saskatoon soccer since emigrating from Scotland in 1966 and capped his career with a term as president of the Canadian Soccer Association from 2001 until 2005.

Andy played soccer from the time he was six years old, competing at school church, juvenile and junior levels. He played for the Central League All-Stars as a junior then played for Clydesband and Falkirk and was provisionally signed by Glasgow Rangers when he was 17 years old.

He opted to emigrate to Canada, and began a career with the Saskatoon United, a team that won the Saskatoon President's Cup virtually every year while playing for them from 1971 until 1983.

United was a force on the provincial scene, winning the Saskatchewan Shield seven times, becoming the first team ever in 1975 to win three in a row and then taking four in a row from 1980 until 1984.

Andy's early training prepared him to be an inside forward with speed and a powerful shot from either foot.

Andy has coached at every level, with youth teams, university teams and men and women's teams.

The 1981 Huskie men's team was one of the six Andy coached at the University of Saskatchewan, from 1981 through 1986, and he also coached the Huskiettes in 1986 and 1987.

At a national level, he twice coached Saskatchewan teams at the Canada Summer Games, coached a women's all-star team at Canadian finals and was an assistant coach in 1993 when Winnipeg Fury won the Canadian Soccer League title.

Andy and Paul Caves of the Saskatoon District Soccer Association, laid a wreath at the Hugh Cairns Memorial in 2000, a tribute to Cairns, a Saskatoon soccer player and Canadian war hero.

In his role with the Canadian Soccer Association, Andy joined his friends at a World Cup game between Canada and El Salvador at San Salvador in November 2000.

As Canadian president he was also cover photo material and subject of the prime article in the spring 2004 issue of Inside Soccer.

** Deceased