Ralph Dougan, who coached soccer at St. Peter’s College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bloomfield College, has passed away.

He was 87.

The Manchester, N.J. resident died after a brief illness Saturday.

Dougan, who captain the Seton Hall University men’s soccer team, spent more than 35 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. He graduated from Harrison High School, and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. Dougan also was a member of the West Essex High School Hall of Fame, where he worked as a teacher coach and athletic director for 25 years.

During his West Essex tenfure, Dougan started the soccer program and registered a 150-20-32 mark while directing the team to five New Jersey state titles over a decade.

In 1986, Dougan was appointed by Gov. Thomas Kean to become the executive director and chairman of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (McDade), sons, Ralph Dougan and Jeff Dougan and his wife, Lynda, grandsons, James and Anthony Grove and a great granddaughter, Amanda.

The family has trusted the Codey & Jones Funeral Home of Caldwell with the arrangements. A Mass at St. Aloysius Church and interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery are private at the request of the family. You can share a condolence with the family at www.codeyjonesfh.com.

A Memorial Service will be announced in the future.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.