A former owner of a soccer club in Saskatchewan has announced his retirement, two months after he announced he would step down from the position.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the news Wednesday, less than a week after the club’s season ended in a 1-0 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in the Grey Cup.
The Roughrides’ president and chief executive officer, Ryan Stiles, announced the decision to retire in a Facebook post.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be an integral part of the Roughrider family,” he wrote.
“I will miss working with our passionate fan base and the people of Saskatoon.
I thank you for your love, support and enthusiasm.”
The Roughrider club was created in 1999 and has played in three Grey Cups and five other Canadian championship games.
Stiles also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2012 to 2016.
He joined the Roughrider as an assistant coach in 2017 and was named the team’s first general manager in 2018.
The club’s first Grey Cup was in 2016, but it lost to the Montreal Impact in the quarterfinals.
Stils left in June 2018 and has been a consultant with the Rough Riders for the past three years.
He also is involved in a new partnership with Roughriding Foundation to help youth athletes learn the game.
“I have been fortunate enough to have the support and guidance of my team and our fans over the past six years,” he said in the Facebook post Wednesday.
“My love for soccer and the sport of soccer in general has been infectious.”