Doug Lyn, one of the most popular and respected youth soccer coaches on Long Island. (Photo courtesy of Peter Lyn)

Friends and family of Doug Lyn are giving the long-time popular youth soccer coach a much needed hand.

They have started a GoFundMe page to help Lyn.

Lyn was a victim of bank fraud and identity theft. In October, his business partner, Jason Safford, was sentenced to four years in prison for forging Lyn’s signature on a $1.4 million loan (

“Although the fraudulent loan was ordered to be repaid to the lender, my dad has accumulated expenses during the three-year court case,” Doug’s son, Peter said on the GoFundMe website. “He has no choice but to accept our help to overcome outstanding legal fees and tax bills, past due mortgage payments and insurance and medical bills and other personal expenses that have piled up.”

The fundraising team also includes former Long Island Rough Riders defender Jimmy Walther and The Wheatley School boys soccer coach Steve Cadet.

As of mid-afternoon Monday, $4,000 had been raised toward a goal of $20,000.

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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 Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of 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