By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 29, 2016-The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) with 1,490 travel teams, is very pleased to announce that Ronan Wiseman has become the league’s new Technical Director.
”With the challenges presented by the mandated US Soccer's new Best Practices/Player Development Initiatives, and to assist our league, member clubs, coaches and players to facilitate and implement these changes, we are pleased to appoint Ronan Wiseman as Technical Director of the LIJSL,” announced League President Anthony Maresco.
As Technical Director, Ronan assumes responsibilities for the oversight, development and implementation of the league’s coaching services in support of its 101 member clubs, in addition to his present responsibility as Director of Coaching for the LIJSL’s Player Development Program.
Ronan grew up in Dundalk in County Louth, Ireland and is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he earned a BBA in Business Finance and MS in Banking and Money Management. While at Adelphi, he captained the Panthers through some of the most successful years of the men’s soccer team, including an appearance in the Elite Eight stage of the NCAA playoffs in 1987.
Ronan then played professionally in the North East Professional Super League, the Hellenic Professional Soccer League and the United Soccer League (USL) during the challenging time after the collapse of the original North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1985 and before the kick-off of Major League Soccer in 1996. He completed his professional playing career with the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL “A” League.
The East Meadow resident has coached numerous college programs including LIU Post, the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Adelphi University and Hofstra University. He was also the head coach for the Rough Riders from 2004 to 2006. While coaching at Adelphi, he worked as a US Soccer Region 1 Staff Evaluator, identifying and selecting elite youth soccer players for the US National Team Programs.
Ronan is also currently the assistant youth director for the New York Cosmos of the NASL and Director of Coaching for the LIJSL’s East Islip Soccer Club. He holds the prestigious US Soccer “A” License, one of 46 coaches to do so in Eastern New York, and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Coaches Organization.
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.