By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 8, 2024-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased announce that Timothy Schwabenbauer has been honored as our 2023 TOPSoccer Coach of the Year. He was also honored as the Regional TOPSoccer 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.
TOPSoccer stands for The Outreach Program for Soccer, providing an opportunity for children with intellectual, physical and/or social characteristics that may require modified educational practices and services in order to develop to their potential.
Timothy has been an integral part of the Auburndale Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer program for the past 14 years. Starting as a player, he expressed a desire to stay involved and contribute more to the program. Since then, he has consistently gone above and beyond in his role as a coach.
His dedication is evident from the moment he arrives at each practice session. He comes early to help set up the field and ensure everything is ready for the players. Additionally, he takes an active role in running the program each week, providing guidance and support to the players.
One of Timothy’s notable qualities is his ability to connect with the parents. He takes the time to speak with them individually, sharing his personal experiences with TOPSoccer. This not only helps build trust and rapport but also showcases his genuine passion for the sport and the impact it can have on the players’ lives.
Furthermore, Timothy takes on the responsibility of communicating with other park-goers to secure the field for the sessions. He handles this task with professionalism and ensures that the program has the necessary space to operate.
At the end of each season, Timothy delivers a heartfelt speech to the entire group, expressing his gratitude and appreciation for their commitment and hard work. He is a true testament to the values and impact of TOPSoccer.
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/