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John Knight Named the Eastern New York Boys Competitive Coach of the Year

Boys Competitive Coach of the Year John Knight on the left with Eastern New York President Richard Christiano
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

November 11, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that John Knight received our Boys Competitive Coach of the Year Award at Eastern New York’s Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, November 5. The festivities celebrated Eastern New York's 50th anniversary and was held at Marina del Rey in the Bronx. 
Also named as Boys Competitive Coach of the Year was Jackson Heights’ Frankie Pampin. Both coaches are extraordinary and that is why two people won the same award. 
John served as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach in Eastern New York from 2013 to ’20. He currently coaches the New York Elite Alleycats boys team born in 2005, leading them to the Northeast Academy League championship and Black Rock Spring Showcase title in 2022 plus the Potomac Invitational championship in 2021.
John coached his teams to five consecutive Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL) titles from 2008 to 2012. He also coached Ichabod Crane High School to the New York State Class B championship in 2012.
Additionally, John served as liaison for the Danish National Team and Under-23 Team when they played Canada and Mexico during a 10-day visit to Arizona in 2013.
With approximately 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 10 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. For more information, please log on to