Michael Ferber - Coach of the Year
He grew up in New City, NY and played for Clarkstown Sports Club from age 6-21. Team won various tournaments and finished second in State Cup a number of times. In high school he was named to first team all County and all Section teams. After Clarkstown, he decided to play Division 3 soccer at The College of New Jersey. Junior season of college hes team lost in the NCAA Elite 8 to eventual champion Messiah College. He was picked to be a captain of his college team in his senior season.
''My reason for coaching was to follow in the footsteps of my father who passed away in 2005. Growing up with an older Sister who played soccer my father was very involved with both of soccer lives. Even though he was not a player himself, he read and taught himself the game. I felt that my life had been so impacted by all of my coaches and my fathers influence that he had on his players that I had to continue on with my soccer career and begin coaching.''
His favorite aspect of coaching is seeing how his players come to interact and bond with one another. The relationships that are built amongst his players are what he hopes to be lifelong freindships. Many of his friends today were teammates of his from one walk of soccer or another. "I try and teach my players that soccer is just a sport but friendships and teammates can last a lifetime."
Conor Rafferty- Young Referee of the Year
From the age of six, Conor played in numerous recreational soccer leagues. When he finally became “of age”, he moved up to the Westchester Youth Soccer League, where he played with the Yonkers Gladiators, under the head coach of Peter Dolgos
But his love for soccer is not just restricted to the Fall and Spring seasons. During the summers, he has also attended the Football Association of Ireland Summer Soccer Camps, with his three brothers, training with the Irish National Teams coaching staff. This summer camp has greatly improved his skills and abilities.
When Conor entered high school at Archbishop Stepinac, he played his first two years on the JV team, starting both years, and as a sophomore was one of the teams’ captains. This year, as a junior, Conor’s team went to the quarter finals of the Catholic High School Athletic Association.
Conor began his refereeing experience in 2009 when he took the WSRO’s referee course.
Every weekend, Bruce Mandel would know that Conor would be one of the first to ask for assignments.
Over the years he has shown consistent growth and knowledge as a referee. He has shown great composure on the field controlling, not only the field of play, but the sidelines as well.
In addition, Conor continuously receives high praise from the coaches, on the “Coach’s Comment Forms”.
We are grateful to have such a young and talented referee within the WSRO, and we look forward to a long, and distinguished refereeing career for Conor.
Conor, the WYSL, and the WSRO, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done so far. Please join me at the podium to receive your award.
Joseph Marano - Referee of the Year
Joe began his soccer career back in his youth, while playing soccer as a child.
During his tenor in high school, Joe attended Theodore Roosevelt HS in the Bronx, where he was a member of the 1978, Undefeated, All-City Soccer championship team.
After high school, Joe attended Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, and continued his love of the game while playing on the college team.
As an adult, he continued to play club soccer with various metropolitan teams, until his ACL injury sidelined him.
As a referee, Joe has been a member of the WSRO since 2000. He has elevated to the level of a Grade 7 USSF referee, and as many of you know, that is not an easy task.
Although Joe prefers to officiate only youth soccer games, he handles many of our upper level games, which are some of the most difficult games to referee.
But Joe’s love of soccer goes even further. Not only has he played, and refereed the game, he is a coach as well. For the past three years, Joe has been helping to coach the Holy Child Middle School soccer team.
Off the field, Joe still has time to go to work where he has become a successful accountant. But most importantly, in addition to all this, he is a dedicated husband and father of two daughters.
And somewhere in his spare time he continues to play in pick-up games with his friends in Rye Brook and White Plains.
Joe is one of the WSRO’s most respected referees, who continuously receives praise from all levels including coaches, players and spectators.