By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 3, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Marty DiCola will be inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. The current plan is to have the ceremony in November, subject to change because of Covid protocols.
Marty he first became involved in soccer in 1988 when his son Joe tried out for a rec team in the town of Cortlandt. His coach, Roger Arnold, was a friend and teacher in the district. Roger asked Marty to be his assistant coach.
The Cortlandt Soccer Club was founded in 1993 and Marty volunteered as its President from 1995 to last year. As this non-profit organization fielded its final travel team, the Cortlandt Soccer Club is still making a difference by donating to the scholarship programs of its league, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), and starting a scholarship for the ref org that serves it, the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association (HVSRA), as well as the Olympic Development Program of Eastern New York.
“I found myself constantly learning as much as I could about the game. I began playing every Thursday night and Sunday morning as well as becoming a successful referee,” Marty stated. “I have attended US Soccer’s B, C, D, E and F license programs over the many years I have been involved. This journey in soccer has given me a very satisfied feeling that I have given back to the youth soccer community over the years. I still have contact with many of the players who played for me, now many are adults with children of their own.”