Boyle honoured for his years of service

Darrell Cole
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Named Amherst's representative volunteer

Boyle honoured for his years of service

AMHERST For more than 20 years, Willie Boyle has been the face of the Amherst Ramblers.

A dedicated volunteer, Boyle has spent countless hours in the dressing room and on the road with the team. Hes been a father figure to the players and their friend, more than being the teams equipment manager.

His efforts havent gone unnoticed as he was recently honoured by the town of Amherst as the communitys representative volunteer for 2007.

Im very honoured. You work hard all those years, not expecting to get any recognition and then they honour you. Its quite a treat, Boyle said prior to the towns volunteer recognition ceremony last night.

Boyle joined the Amherst Ramblers in 1987 after being approached by Steve Maltby and Hal Davidson. He has been through both the good times and the bad since then but continues to enjoy what he does.

I enjoy it and have a lot of fun working with the boys. It gives me something to do, Boyle said, adding going to the nationals in 1990 with the Bill Riley Ramblers as one of his best memories. This is what I chose to do and like doing. I plan to do it for a few more years.

Boyle has enjoyed working with the present Rambler administration led by George Baker and has developed a close relationship with coach Corey Crocker.

Im amazed at how far the team has come under George Baker and Corey Crocker. Its amazing how the team has come full circle and I can see it getting a lot better, said Boyle, who used to work with both senior and youth soccer.

Boyle said he has worked with some great people over the years including longtime assistant trainer Brian Martin as well as Dale Langille, Brendon Grimes, Tyler Gould and Jesse Colborne.

Im honoured as president to have such a great person on board. Hes the key to our organization. Without him involved I dont know where wed go, Baker said.

For his part, Crocker is thrilled Boyle has been recognized.

Its been an honour to work beside such a dedicated person. Its well deserved and long overdue, Crocker said.

I dont know of anyone in our organization that works harder and he does it all with a smile on his face.

Geographic location: AMHERST

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