CANTON--North Country rivals SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will battle in women’s soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Canton for the right to be awarded the first Boyd Jones Memorial Cup.
It will also be a husband versus wife matchup on the sidelines. SUNY Canton Head Coach Kate Thomas-Moody and her husband, Potsdam Coach Tim Moody, will look to lead their respective squads to victory. The pair came up with the Memorial Cup idea as a way to honor and remember their friend and colleague who worked in the athletic departments at both schools. Jones died unexpectedly at his home in November, 2009.
“Boyd was a good man, a great father, and an excellent member of the athletic community in the North Country,” said Thomas-Moody. “Tim and I were both were very fond of Boyd and he is missed. He not only attended the events that he had to cover for Potsdam State, but we would often bump into him while we were out recruiting in the area. The Boyd Jones Memorial Cup is a legacy that we hope will continue for years to come.”
Jones worked at SUNY Canton from 1986-2000 where he held several positions. He worked at the college farm for Cornell Cooperative Extension, worked in intramurals, taught several courses, served as the campus photographer, and before leaving was the sports information director. After SUNY Canton he worked as the sports information director at SUNY Potsdam for nine years.
Jones’ wife Lynne is currently SUNY Canton’s secretary for the Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice Department. They have three children, Alicia and Aimee and Ryan Nash. The family will present the Boyd Jones Memorial Cup to the winning team immediately following the game which will start at 7 p.m. SUNY Canton is planning several other activities around the game in an effort to boost attendance and provide fun for those in attendance.