Last weekend my wife Susan and I had the honor and privilege of attending the wedding of Maggie Sutherland 10’ and Ryan Castle in Pittsburgh, PA. I am truly humbled to have shared the experience and I am glad someone had the good sense to not get married in the fall so I could attend J
Maggie looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day escorted by her proud father Bill. Mom Kate was radiant and Roz Klann as a bridesmaid was surprisingly serious. Even with our best efforts we could not get her to make eye contact with us or her former teammates. Just as well because I know she would have lost it in a fit of laughter.
It was also a great time for me as a coach to catch up with some “old” players at the wedding and reception afterwards. Happy memories, at least for me. It is funny when you see former players they always want to talk about pre-season and fitness tests. They make college soccer sound terrible. Hopefully there was the occasional good time.
I know I enjoyed the day and I wish Maggie and Ryan a life of happiness.
A short tribute to Maggie: (for those that do not know her.)
Maggie was an extremely fierce competitor and made no apologies for it. She was one of the most funny and mischievous players I have coached and there was never a dull moment when Maggie and fellow teammate Roz got together. She blessed this program with 4 stellar years of selflessness and always put the team and the program ahead of her own personal ambitions and agenda. As a senior Maggie was Captain and led the team to an ODAC conference crown: a fitting end to an amazing soccer career. Maggie was an absolute joy to coach and the mere mention of your name makes me laugh thinking you are behind me waiting to play a prank on someone. Long live # 16 in the memory of the Gennies.
Picture taken by Kathryn Rogers. See her website: http://www.kathrynwrogers.com