Athletic Mourns The Passing Of Legendary Executive Fernando Ochoa
The Athletic world is mourning the loss of Fernando Ochoa who passed away on Sunday at the age of 75 at his home in Getxo after a long battle with illness. Ochoa was part of Athletic’s first Juvenil A team and played two seasons as a midfielder for Bilbao Athletic from 1962-1964. He would continue his career at Barakaldo and Logroñés before eventually becoming an industrial engineer.
Ochoa joined the Athletic Board as an executive in 1982 under President Pedro Aurtenetxe and served the club for 21 years until 2003. Praised by the three presidents he served under, Ochoa played a big role at the club and was widely respected by RFEF, UEFA, and La Liga. He was also integral in signing Howard Kendall and Jupp Heynckes as managers for Athletic.
Throughout his two decades as an Athletic executive, Ochoa’s contributions were vast, but his greatest accomplishment was creating the idea of using the barge to celebrate clubs titles along with Cecilio Gerrikabeitia. Those who worked alongside Fernando Ochoa always noted his brilliant mind and dedication to the club. Ochoa was instrumental in the growth of the club and we at Inside Athletic offer our deepest condolences to his family during this time.