Bill Peet with two of his grandchildren. Photo courtesy of the Peet family.
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
December 8, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is mourning the loss of Bill Peet, who passed away on December 5.
“Bill established an amazing legacy of volunteering for over four decades with Eastern New York and the Long Island Junior Soccer League,” stated ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. “From the days of the LIJSL office in Hicksville, then Plainview and now the office in Ronkonkoma, Bill would spend many nights there volunteering so that the league could continue to provide a top soccer program for its players.”
Bill became involved with soccer just after the start of the youth soccer boom in the mid-1970s when he registered his twin sons, Billy and Mike, in the Brentwood Soccer Club. He would eventually become their coach with the Brentwood Jets, winning considerably more games than the New York Jets. Bill went on to coach numerous Brentwood teams, both boys and girls, as well as the LIJSL Select Program. He also received the National “C” Coaching License.
The longtime Brentwood resident volunteered on the LIJSL Board of Directors for 30 years, starting when he was first elected in 1986, including a quarter-century volunteering as Treasurer.
Bill also served as Chairperson of the Appeals, Registration and Rules Committees. He owned Lundgren & Mause, a Property and Casualty Insurance Agency in Jericho, and freely lent his insurance expertise and advice to member clubs, as well as to both the LIJSL and ENYYSA. He was inducted into the LIJSL Hall of Fame in 1999 and volunteered recently on the Hall of Fame Committees of both the LIJSL and Eastern New York. He also served ENYYSA as its Risk Management Director until very recently.
“I met a lot of wonderful people who helped me as Treasurer,” Bill said in a 2015 interview. “And I loved to watch the kids play.”
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 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. For more information, please log on to https://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.