Monday, June 26, 2000

A soccer coach's legacy continues


Family sets up reunion, scholarship

By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Doug Doench, the former WUBE-FM broadcaster known as Doug Anthony, loved children. He had eight and coached almost 60 different youth soccer teams.

        That legacy will be continued with a St. Xavier High School memorial scholarship initiated by his family.

        Nearly 100 family members and friends gathered Sunday at Clippard Park in Colerain Township for a mini soccer tournament to celebrate Mr. Doench's life and raise scholarship funds at what was meant to be the first of many “Douglas Anthony Doench Soccer Reunions.”

        Mr. Doench, also a high school and college communications instructor, was killed last November when a driver swerved onto the sidewalk and struck Mr. Doench as he was getting his morning newspaper.

        Last week, that driver was sentenced to five years without parole, and family members said the reunion was therapy after the long trial.

        “I don't picture him as being very far away,” said Lou Doench, 31, Mr. Doench's eldest son. “He's just around the corner, only we can't see him.”

        The family had raised $6,500 for the scholarship, and they hoped to add another $2,000 from raffle tickets sold at Sunday's reunion.

        His widow, Jan, coached soccer with him for 20 years. Sunday she coached children and adults who played in the mini-tournament.

        “Every time I see a grandkid kick a soccer ball, he's right there,” she said, smiling broadly.

        The day before his death, Mr. Doench had coached the Groesbeck Raiders in a tournament game.

        He hadn't played soccer until his children got into it in the late 1970s. One of his brothers, Greg, in from New Jersey for the fund-raiser, said the last time he saw him was playing a pickup soccer game with his children.

        “Doug had eight kids, at a time when everyone else was having 2.5,” Greg Doench said. “His family was his life.”

       



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