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LaGrange Coach John Lord Being Honored as Personality of the Month in Eastern New York

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

April 16, 2019-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that soccer lifer John Lord is being honored as our Personality of the Month for April.

John started playing soccer with the East Fishkill Soccer Club when he was five years old and has been playing the world’s most popular sport ever since. From youth soccer in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) to Arlington High School to Dutchess Community College to Binghamton University, and with the Germania of Poughkeepsie men’s team for the past two decades. John’s position is defender.

Currently, the Poughkeepsie resident coaches three teams in the LaGrange Soccer Club, the Boys-Under-12 LaGrange Panthers travel team that his oldest son Jack plays on and the Boys-Under-8 LaGrange Camp Hillcroft intramural team that his youngest son Ryan plays on. John is the head coach of those two teams.

Additionally, John is the assistant coach of the Boys-Under-11 LaGrange Rockets that his middle son Joseph plays on.

John describes his best moment ever on a soccer field as “seeing all three of my boys scoring their first goal.”

“John has been coaching my son for the past three years, though I got to know him a few years earlier than that when we were both on the fields for our younger kids,” explained Kelly Carpentieri, an EHYSL Age Group Coordinator. “John is passionate about teaching the kids in a positive way. He’s always giving them tips, pulling them aside to help them, pushing them when they need it. John loves the sport of soccer and it shows. He coaches three different teams and does so with courtesy, professionalism, grace and authority.”

And all this volunteering is in addition to his “real job” as Chemist/Business Development Manager for Wuxi.

Congratulations to John Lord, the Eastern New York Personality of the Month for April.

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 onto, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.