By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 1, 2024-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased announce that Michael Cannizzaro has been honored as our 2023 Boys Competitive Coach of the Year. The festivities took place at the Eastern New York Hall of Fame Banquet held on January 27 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.Michael is the head coach of the Silver Lake Soccer Academy 2008 Premier Boys and has coached Silver Lake teams for nearly a decade. He grew up playing for Silver Lake teams in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), has served as a member of the club’s Board of Directors and was recently voted as Director of the Boys Program.
It’s easy to understand why that vote was unanimous as Michael serves as an amazing role model for his players. Silver Lake President Ken Granowski wrote in his nomination letter, “Michael has created a positive atmosphere for his team. He teaches his players the right way to play the game. Win or lose, he has taught his team to do it with respect. Michael’s demeanor on the sidelines is always positive and his passion to teach his players is matched by none.”
In addition to all this coaching, Michael also serves as a great role model to the students he teaches in his “real job” as a New York City elementary school teacher.
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 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 http://www.enysoccer.com/