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Hector R. Vasquez, championship soccer coach

Feb. 7, 1949 – Sept. 17, 2015

Hector R. Vasquez of Buffalo, who enjoyed championship success for 23 years as a soccer coach at club, high school and college levels, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Mr. Vasquez earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Escuela Normal Para Varones in Guatemala City. He moved to Buffalo in 1973, and in 1987, he became a teacher’s aide for the Buffalo School District, at School 33 Bilingual Center on Elk Street. He retired in 2012.

From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Vasquez was the women’s soccer coach at Daemen College, where he coached nine Academic All-Americans and led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

From 1989 to 2000, he coached girls soccer at Holy Angels Academy, amassing an enviable record of 148-18-5, with 10 straight Monsignor Martin League final appearances and six divisional championships. He also founded the Riverside Express Soccer Club and was an Olympic development coach for five years.

Other coaching stints included the Buffalo Football Club semi-pro team, Kenmore, Delaware and Riverside soccer clubs and Nichols School.

Mr. Vasquez held a D license through the U.S. Soccer Federation. Throughout his career, players he coached moved on to Division 1 college teams and the professional ranks.

His son, Joseph A., called his father “a pretty humble guy,” who received many visitors during his illness. “I got to see how much people loved him,” he said.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth DeVasquez; a son, Joseph A.; one daughter, Bianca K.; a brother, Leonardo; and a sister, Hilda.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Principe de Paz Church, 190 Albany St.

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