Longtime Newark Star-Ledger Reporter Covered NASL’s New York Cosmos, International Soccer
CHICAGO (April 26, 2012) – Sportswriter Ike Kuhns, the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2008 Colin Jose Media Award recipient, passed away Thursday at the age of 76.
Kuhns was known for his coverage of the North American Soccer League’s famed New York Cosmos, spending the majority of his sports writing career with the Newark Star-Ledger from 1965 to 2001.
Kuhns began his reporting career in 1958 as the sports director of the American Forces Korea Network while serving in the U.S. Army. On leave, he attended the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, including an exciting soccer final that sparked his interest in a game about which he knew little.
Once out of service and in New York City, Kuhns attended international matches at the Polo Grounds promoted by International Soccer League founder Bill Cox. Kuhns wrote for some smaller New Jersey newspapers and then joined the Newark Star-Ledger, covering his first FIFA World Cup a year later in 1966 as host England won the tournament.
Also with the Star-Ledger, Kuhns served as a beat writer for the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NFL’s New York Jets. He was a backup writer for Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Mets, the NHL’s New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils and NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Kuhns was a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and founder and former president of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association.
Kuhns was the fourth recipient of the Colin Jose Media Award, which was created to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. The honor is named for Colin Jose, Historian Emeritus of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the preeminent soccer historian of North America.
Kuhns was part of the 2008 Hall of Fame Class that included former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Anson Dorrance and former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Hugo Perez.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 12, at the First Reformed Church in Lincoln Park, N.J.