Soccer legend Henk Meintser dies

April 9th, 2004

DALLAS. Henk Meintser, who started the Jesuit College Preparatory School soccer program in 1960 and coached it for 20 years, died March 21 at age 80. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Stephen Bierschenk March 23 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in McKinney. Approximately 300 people also attended a memorial service at Jesuit on March 28. Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Sept. 27, 1923, Meintser arrived in America with his wife, Nel, in 1949.

He founded the North Texas Soccer Association and the North Texas Referees Association. Meintser also started programs and coached at St. Rita School and the University of Dallas in Irving. When he retired from Jesuit in 1982, the school created the Jesuit-Meintser Tournament, which has developed into a prestigious event drawing the top private- and public- school teams in the area. In 1990, Meintser was inducted into the North Texas Soccer Association Hall of Fame. He also served as president of The Holland America Club of Dallas from 1976-77. He is survived by Nel, his wife of 55 years, his son Hans, his daughter Anneke and her husband Ray Dishaw, son Erik and wife Michelle, his daughter Jocelyn and several grandchildren.