By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 20, 2016-Enrico Romano has been elected to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Board of Directors. He has just started serving a 2-year term as Trustee.
Despite his surname meaning “Roman,” Enrico grew up a long corner kick south of Rome (and Naples, for that matter), playing soccer in Teggiano in the Province of Salerno before emigrating to the United States in 1974. He became a coach in the Beekman Youth Soccer Club in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) and he coached his Boys-Under-19 travel team to winning the Dutchess Cup.
The Poughkeepsie resident, who can speak English, Italian and Spanish fluently, became a certified referee in 1998. He currently serves both the Hudson Valley Soccer Referees Association (HVSRA) and Mid-Hudson NISOA Chapter as President. He also served as the referee assignor, the person who schedules refs, in Eastern New York’s adult and youth programs, the EHYSL as well as college referees in the Independent Soccer Officials Assigning Bureau (ISOAB).
Enrico led the refs in Eastern New York as the State Referee Administrator from 2013 to 2016. During this time, the number of registered refs increased 30% to over 4,000 officials, he hosted top clinicians at Elite Referee Meetings at Fordham University in the Bronx and he had new referees in EHYSL be mentored by experienced officials.
Enrico has spent decades as a coach, referee, instructor, assessor and volunteer in the Hudson Valley. So it makes perfect sense, with all these good works, that Enrico is an EHYSL Hall of Famer, being inducted in 2010.
“I’m excited in knowing that Enrico will bring a lot of innovative ideas to Eastern New York’s Board of Directors to serve all our players,“ commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano.
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.