From left to right: Tony Iandolo, Scott Westgate, Bernadette McCrudden, Alcira Cohen, EHYSL President Jim Purdy and Michael Capparelli
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 8, 2016-Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) has a long and storied history of great soccer and sportsmanship. It’s the second largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and honored its top coaches and administrators at the EHYSL Annual Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner this past Saturday night, November 5 at Anthony’s Catering in Hopewell Junction.
13 EHYSL Hall of Famers were in attendance to honor the coaches and administrators. All those selected are volunteers who do not earn a dime for their good work.
”Once again the East Hudson Youth Soccer League is proud and happy to honor those volunteers who are the backbone of our league,” commented EHYSL President Jim Purdy. ”It is only with their tireless dedication that we are able to offer this great game to nearly 18,000 players year after year. Their commitment is truly appreciated!”
Tony Iandolo of the Dover Soccer Club was honored as Boys Travel Team Coach of the Year and Bernadette McCrudden of the Red Hook Soccer Club received Girls Travel Team Coach of the Year. The Poughkeepsie Soccer Club’s Scott Westgate was named Boys Intramural Coach of the Year. All three not only received these honors in East Hudson but were selected as the best in each category among the 11 leagues in Eastern New York so they will be honored again for all their volunteering at the Eastern New York Holiday Party on December 4.
Michael Capparelli of the Beekman Soccer Club received the award last Saturday night for the EHYSL Girls Intramural Coach of the Year. Rounding out the EHYSL award winners, the East Fishkill Soccer Club’s Alcira Cohen was named Administrator of the Year and Dawn Sukovic of the Eastern Pike Soccer Club was honored as the EHYSL Volunteer of the Year. Sukovic was the only honoree who could not make the festivities as the club she serves is 65 miles away in Pennsylvania but still a vibrant member of EHYSL.
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 11 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.