John “Jack” Byrne

Inducted in 1998

  • Born in Syracuse, resides in Sun City, Florida
  • Started skating as a 12 year old in Syracuse, New York in the local parks.
  • 1933-1936: Wins numerous speed skating events and titles in New York State.
  • 1937: Wins 220-yard championship during last season competition at Holy Cross College.
  • He skated competitively until he retired in 1974.
  • 1970-1975: Referees for Northern New York Skating Association .
  • 1973: Assistant National Referee for US Speedskating.
  • 1980-1990: Serves as assistant coach to US teams in five Olympic games (Lake Placid, Sarajevo, Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer
  • 1984-1989: Serves as President of United States Speed Skating Association and Northern New York Speed Skating Association.
  • Serves on Board of Directors for US International Skating Hall of Fame in Schaumburg, Ill.
  • He was President of the Northern New York Skating Association in 1974-1975 and 1979-80 along with working as a referee.
  • Became active in USISA in 1976 when he was elected to their Board of Directors. 
  • He served as President of USISA from 1980 to 1989.
  • He established the Charitable Foundation with the money received from the Los Angeles Games.  The income from the Foundation helps fund USISA's programs.
  • Jack was team manager for the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and was a member of the USOC Administrative Board at the 1992 Games.
  • Since 1988, he has represented USISA on the USOC Board of Directors. 
  • Elected May 14, 1994 into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame at Schaumburg, Illinois.
  • Former Board Chairman of Byrne Dairy, inc