From left to right; Hall of Fame committee members Randy Vogt and Emil Cohill, Hall of Famer Jim Purdy,
ENYYSA President Richard Christiano
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
December 4, 2018-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is pleased to announce that East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) President Jim Purdy was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame during our Holiday Party on December 1 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
The Stormville resident has been volunteering in youth soccer for the past three decades. He served as Wappinger United club President for six years, on the EHYSL Board of Directors for the past 18 years and as the league’s president for the last seven years, increasing the league’s registration numbers during this time as over 17,000 players now call the EHYSL home. Jim also currently serves on Eastern New York committees including Field Maintenance and Membership.
Additionally, Jim has also been coaching during all this time and there were several years where he coached 3-4 teams. Jim was a founding member of the East Hudson Academy in 2005 and has been a coach in the program since its inception. Prior to that, Jim was a head coach in the EHYSL Select Program. He was honored as the EHYSL Boys Travel Coach of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the EHYSL Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jim has served as the Dutchess Community College men’s soccer head coach since 2011 and his team has qualified for the Region XV playoffs for the past seven years. During his time in charge, he coached 15 Falcons to All-Region honors and 25 Falcons to All-League status.
Jim is particularly proud of the fact that six of his former players are coaching in college soccer.
And if that’s not enough, Jim has served as a US Soccer referee since 2000, holding Grade 7 status for the past nine years.
Congratulations to new Eastern New York Hall of Famer Jim Purdy!
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine 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 Children With Special Needs. 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.