By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
October 12, 2012-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to name Jose Luis Rebay as the Technical Director of our Olympic Development Program (ODP). This appointment is to a new position.
A native of Buenos Aires and current resident of Bay Shore, Rebay has a United States Soccer Federation National-A Coaching License.
"Coming from South America, I like to play a very skillful game with European flavor mixed in," Coach Rebay stated. "Keeping the ball on the ground, and letting our quality of player use their individual talents on the field will dictate how we approach the game. We want to be able to set the pace and give our players the best chance to succeed."
A youth and senior player with Independiente de Avellaneda in Argentina from 1979 to 1986, Rebay was a member of the Argentina Boys-Under-17 Youth National Team and later competed in pro soccer in Bolivia (Universitario de Sucre) before playing for the San Diego Sockers in the Western Soccer League, serving as a midfielder for the WSL championship squad in 1989. The next year, Rebay moved to New York and played for Inka of the Hellenic-American Soccer League, Ragusa of the Italian-American soccer League plus the New Jersey Nationals during the 1990’s.
He has coached Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams in Dix Hills, HBC and Massapequa during the past decade, winning two State Cups along the way. Coach Rebay has served as a Region 1 ODP coach since 1997 and as coach of Eastern New York ODP since 2000.
"Eastern New York ODP has a proud tradition of providing great coaching for our players and some of these players have gone on to college scholarships, to play pro soccer and to represent the United States internationally," commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. "I am certain that hiring Jose Luis as our new Technical Director will make our Olympic Development Program even stronger as he’s helped players maximize their potential wherever he has coached."
In college soccer, Coach Rebay was in charge of the New York City College of Technology men from 2007 to 2009 and the College of Staten Island men last year.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.