By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 29, 2016-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Scott Westgate of the Town of Poughkeepsie Soccer Club, a longtime member of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), is being honored as our 2016 Boys Recreational Coach of the Year and he will receive his award at Eastern New York's Holiday Party on Sunday, December 4 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Team parent Rheam Deans wrote, “I can't say enough good things about him. We have a very culturally diverse team with parents who struggle with English, and several students with medical and physical limitations, and Coach Westgate not only accommodates the environment for them, but he also emphasizes their abilities while drawing out their very best and empowering the kids with special needs. He also shows interest and cultural sensitivity to students of diverse backgrounds and is incredibly respectful. Coach Westgate is the best role model my son Aiden could have. Not only does he set a perfect example for the students regarding sportsmanship, he is a perfect example of good citizenship, respect and cultural appreciation.“
“In addition, my incredibly shy and self-conscience son, who didn't speak in public until he was six years old because of an articulation delay, is really blossoming and is obsessed with soccer, wearing only soccer-related paraphernalia every single day. He has grown exponentially as an outstanding soccer player both in skill and technique, but what pleases me more is how he has grown as a kind, understanding and appreciative human being. I am so honored, proud, and grateful that Aiden has the best possible coach, who is one in a million.“
Congratulations to Scott Westgate, the 2016 Boys Recreational Coach of the Year in Eastern New York.
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.