Hall of Fame - Class of 2012
This year’s 2012 Inductees:
Pat Shields is the consummate European footballer. While he was born in Ireland, he actually started playing soccer in Wallonia, otherwise known as the French-speaking southern part of Belgium where he attended the equivalent of our middle schools.
And then, it was on to England for more schooling and more soccer. He played for the hospital team where he worked and played semi-pro ball for the next 11 years. Then Pat and his wife Katie came the United States and played with the White Plains Germans---how he came to play with the German team is a long story having to do with his being scouted by a priest from Scotland.
Then back to Ireland for two years where Pat got into coaching and became a referee at the Senior Amateur level. They came back in 1984. He made his mark in refereeing and served on the referee Board. He became a mentor to young refs and also to the new refs who officiate HS games and still does the mentoring.
Pat’s activities in Rye are well-documented and greatly appreciated. He has served Rye Youth Soccer in various capacities for the last 17 years. He is still active in Rye---you can usually find him on some field in Rye anytime someone is playing or practicing.
So here is someone involved in all phases of the game: player (where he continued playing until age 60), coach, referee, mentor, officer, and fan. And when we asked Pat why---the response was simple---“because I love it!”
Donald E. Dietz, III:
Don’s involvement with youth soccer started in the traditional way - as a rec coach for his four young kids in Scarsdale. Little did he know when he volunteered as an assistant coach for his oldest son’s U-09 travel team in 1995 that a long-standing soccer journey was about to begin. For the next ten years, Don coached all three of his sons’ travel teams from AYSO to a highly-ranked U-15 team that won its division multiple times, earned the league’s sporting award and advanced to the quarter-final round in State Cup. In addition to being a licensed coach, Don is also a certified, although admittedly inactive, referee, and a strong advocate of Positive Coaching, qualifications he believes helped him become a better and more complete coach.
In 1996, Don was asked by Larry Bell, Scarsdale’s then president and also a WYSL Hall of Famer, to join the board of the Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club, the league’s largest club at that time, where his commitment and hard work led to his becoming a major contributor to the club’s extensive and successful travel program for nearly fifteen years. Don’s responsibilities ranged from field czar to chief scheduler to tryout coordinator, and he was instrumental in Scarsdale’s Fields for Kids project, which resulted in one of Westchester’s first turf fields at the high school. As a senior member of the Scarsdale board, Don was able to provide experienced counsel and continuity to six club presidents, a notable achievement in and of itself.
Don was elected to the Westchester Soccer League board in 2001, where he has served with distinction and dedication in many capacities and on numerous league committees, including Sportsmanship, Audit, Arbitration, Select and, his personal favorite, the Scholarship Committee, which he now chairs and has been a part of since its inception five years ago. His duties league-wide have been many and varied, and he has unflaggingly done them well for a very long time.
As an emeritus director, Don is one of the league’s longest tenured active board members, and his across-the-board contributions to the many kids he has coached, the Scarsdale Club and the WYSL over a period spanning nearly twenty years are exemplary and worthy of the recognition afforded him tonight.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2011
This year’s inductees:
Bruce Mandel is the assignor for all of the WYSL games and has done an extraordinary job in getting games covered. His record is the best of any assignor we have had going back 35 years. At minimum, 95% + of the games are covered, and most weekends there is a ref assigned to each game. He is also recognize as the referee with the red curly hair.
Bruce has an impressive soccer resume, which includes regional head of AYSO in Westchester, former coach of the girls u14 travel team from Ardsley / Dobbs Ferry. He also is a high school ref and one of the most highly rated. He has been the president of the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization and is currently a Vice President of the high school ref association.
He had a long and illustrious career as one of IBM’s top sale executives before retiring to full time soccer matters.
Bruce was born and raised in Brooklyn, attending James Madison HS (where he was student body president) and graduating from Brooklyn College. Bruce and his wife Barbara had appeared in many Community Theatre productions of Broadway musicals.
Lonny Unger has been involved in soccer as a player, coach, administrator and referee.
He played locally at Byram Hills H.S. and was named the Westchester player of the year in 1976. He then went on to play collegiately at the University of Rhode Island.
He first got involved in coaching back in the early 1980s, when he coached a U18 team from Harrison during one of the first years of the WYSL.
In the mid 1990s, he returned to the WYSL as a coach in the U9 girls’ age group and coached his daughter’s team and then his son’s team in New Rochelle Youth Soccer.
During that time, he became president of the New Rochelle Youth Soccer Intramural Division from 1996 to 1997 and then president of the New Rochelle Youth Soccer Travel Division from 1997 to 2000. When his son moved to FC Westchester, he was then asked by FC Westchester founder Al Pastore to become president of that club and he has served in that role since 2001.
While in New Rochelle, then WYSL president Barry Salter recruited him to join the WYSL board and he continues as an emeritus member to this day there. For the WYSL, he re-started the Select program in approximately 1998, and he has served on the board’s Seeding, Scholarship and Arbitration Committees, among others.
He also spent about 10 years serving on the board of directors of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer, chairing the Rules Committee, Public Relations Committee and the ODP Committee.
During the past decade or so, he’s also been involved in college coaching, having served as an assistant coach at Iona College from 1998-2003, the head coach at Purchase College from 2003-2005, an assistant coach at Manhattan College from 2005-2010, and he is currently back coaching at Purchase College.
He also coaches the FC Westchester U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team and has coached in the Academy program since its inception five years ago.
He has also coached in the ENYYSA ODP program and he has been a Grade 8 USSF referee.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2010
Three outstanding candidates where inducted into the WYSL Hall of Fame at the end of season meeting on December 2, 2010. Lee D’Argenio, who has served as the League Registrar for 15 years, Gino D’Ippolito who has served as a referee for 33 years, and Rip Fisher, who has served as the League President for 7 years were all recognized for their longtanding commitment to youth soccer.
Lee began her youth soccer service as the scorekeeper for Pelham Travel Soccer in 1989, and she became the Score Reporter for the WYSL in 1991. Lee worked initially with WYSL Presidents Tom Munno and Jack Loftus. In 1995 when Barry Salter became the WYSL President Lee became the League Registrar, and when the league opened its office in the K Building in New Rochelle Lee was the first employee based in the office. Prior to the League having an office, League Registrar Marianne Marino had been making passes in her kitchen. Once the office was opened, Lee worked with Larchmont club registrar Biffy Halliday to develop the first databases for the league for both players and coaches. The state of the art system at that time was quaint by later standards- Lee relayed information for passes to Biffy over the phone, who entered the information into an off-site computer system and printed the passes. Club Registrars would drive to Larchmont, pick up the passes, and bring them back to the office in New Rochelle for laminating. Lee would receive game scores over the phone or by fax, and type them up each week and mail them out to all club presidents. This primative system has been upgraded and streamlined over time.
After Rip Fisher became WYSL President in 2004, Lee spearheaded the efforts to fully automate the player and coach registration. The League was the first league in Eastern New York to engage League Sports SignUp to develop an online registration process, and the WYSL’s success led to all other leagues in ENYYSA subsequently adopting on-line registration. The WYSL developed its own website with Demosphere, and Lee worked with LSS and Demosphere to automate the score reporting, seedings, sportsmanship and referee reporting processes. By 2010, the WYSL had in place a system with almost all interactions are done on-line.
Gino started refereeing in 1962 in Eastern New York. He was playing in a game and was unhappy with the referee’s performance. When he told this to the referee after the game, the ref's response was "If you think you can do a better job, why don’t you become a referee?" Gino did, and by 1968 he received an invitation to officiate in the NPSL professional soccer league. In 1975 Gino received his FIFA badge. Gino was an official in over 600 NASL games from 1968-1984, and at over 1,500 MISL, MSL and CISL games. He also traveled to 15 countries to officiate at FIFA games, and served in 15 Qualifiers for the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Gino served as an official at Pele’s first and last game as a New York Cosmos Player. Pele’s final game was televised and viewed by over 400 million people worldwide.
In 1977, Gino began serving as a referee in the WYSL. Since then, Gino has served at over 700 WYSL games. Today, even though he is in his seventh decade, Gino still enjoys officiating in the WYSL. He can be seen on weekends doing two or three U-9 and U-10 WYSL games, and he can be seen at WYSL club tournaments where he officiates on holiday weekends. Gino continues to give back to the game by officiating youth games and serving as a Role Model and Mentor to youth referees.
Rip’s daughters began their soccer careers in the Scarsdale rec league, and Rip began coaching there. Two daughters joined the Scarsdale travel teams, and Rip became an Assistant Coach and then Head Coach in the WYSL. Both daughters’ teams won the WYSL first division several times, and both moved to an older age group to seek more competition. The Scarsdale club recognized Rip’s coaching and administrative abilities, and asked him to become club president even though he had never served on its Board of Directors. During Rip’s club presidency, the SYSC instituted a variety of innovative programs including its Micro-Soccer Program, brought in a coaching academy to educate its coaches, hired its first Director of Coaching, brought the Positive Coaching Alliance workshops to the East Coast for the first time and began its Memorial Day Tournament. In 2002, the Positive Coaching Alliance selected the SYSC as one of three youth sports organizations across the nation to receive its national "Honoring the Game Award."
Rip joined the WYSL Board in 2000, and served on the Arbitration, Coaching and Seedings Committee. While a Board Member he made suggestions that resulted in the creation of the WYSL Coach Orientation Program, the WYSL Sportsmanship Program and Silent Sundays. Rip became the WYSL President in 2004, and following the pattern that was established by his predecessors the League continued to improve and grow. During his Presidency Rip has taught the New Coach Orientation Courses and personally welcomed over 2,000 new coaches and team managers to the WYSL. The League was the first league to embrace website technology to adopt on-line registration to replace paper registrations, a move that has been followed by all leagues in Eastern New York. When there weren’t enough soccer fields in Scarsdale, he convinced the Scarsdale School district to build a turf field at Scarsdale High School, and then formed the Fields for Kids fundraising group and collected $700,000 in donations from over 800 families to pay for the field. Rip subsequently shared the experience gained in building this field with other clubs, school districts and municipalities, and many more turf fields were built throughout Westchester. The Westchester County Government recognized Rip’s expertise in this area, and asked him to join the Westchester County Parks and Recreation Board. The County built over a dozen new soccer fields under the Legacy program, and many of them are now used by WYSL clubs each weekend. During Rip’s term as President, the WYSL grew from 28 clubs to 45 clubs, from 350 travel teams to 700 travel teams and from 11,000 players to almost 18,000 players.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2009
Ken and Ilene Finder
In early 1997, as Ken and Ilene Finder began to ponder how their boys could pursue their interest in soccer, they realized that there were no options available in Rye Brook. The village had neither a travel soccer club nor a recreation program. Faced with these realities, they decided to form a club for the Rye Brook community, They were confronted with many issues, as the village name was already being used by a non Rye Brook club, and there was no soccer field available in Rye Brook. It looked like an impossible dream, but a few short months later, Ken and Ilene had incorporated a not-for-profit organization, obtained the Rye Brook name, secured the use of a field for home games, purchased equipment and enrolled players. In September 1997, they proudly watched 14 boys suit up to be the first team to play under the banner of Rye Brook Youth Soccer.
Over the next seven years, even after their boys stopped playing soccer, they together ran Rye Brook Youth Soccer. Ken served as President, coached two teams, and became synonymous with soccer in Rye Brook. Ilene performed the duties of Registrar, Treasurer, Uniform and Equipment Manager, and everything else. During these years, Ken and Ilene were responible for the growth of Rye Brook Youth Soccer, not only in numbers of players, but also in quality and stature. Ken continues to serve on the Executive Board as past president for life and Ilene turned over her responsibilites to six people.
As a result of the expansion of Rye Brook Youth Soccer, the village of Rye Brook and the Blind Brook School District had to build more fields to accomodate the unleased popularity of soccer in the village. Ken was intricately involved with new fields becoming a reality in the community, serving on both the village of Rye Brook Field Task Force and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Now Rye Brook has a youth sports complex with five synthetic turf fields and Rye Brook Youth Soccer is able to host a highly acclaimed pre-season tournamemt each March. Ken and Ilene’s dream that started with 14 boys now serves over 400 boys and girls playing travel soccer and participating in the club’s pre-travel program.
Jerry’s soccer career started with Eastchester Youth Soccer in 1977, and has been the recreation soccer Registrar for the last twenty years. His first contact with the WYSL was in the Spring of 1978 when he delivered his club’s rosters for six travel teams to the WYSL.
Jerry is most recognized for his activities and accomplishments as a referee, referee recruiter and instructor. As the chief organizer of Referee Courses, as well as an instructor and recruiter, over 800 new referees have been certified in the courses he set up. We believe Jerry has officiated more WYSL games than any active referee. He has served as President of the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization, and is currently their Webmaster. For three decades, Jerry has helped the WYSL build better programs; for example, he helped set up the program for recording sportsmanship ratings.
Among his other soccer activities, he is the public address announcer for the Westchester Flames, the Secretary-Treasurer for the High School referee association, and a member of the Eastern NY State Referee Administration serving as the State Director of Equipment and Uniforms.
Doug began coaching soccer in Briarcliff when his oldest son was in kindergarten. He had a pretty athletic group, his philosophy was to let them play hard and have fun, and after a couple of years his team became quite successful. Since his team was winning most of their games when they played recreation teams from Briarcliff or other towns, Doug thought is was time to find stronger competition, and the Shooting Stars became the first Briarcliff team to join the WYSL. Doug’s team had several good years, moving up into the first division, and placing in several tournaments. The word spread in Briarcliff, and soon other families and teams followed. A successful new club had been started.
For many years, Doug did all of the liaison work with the WYSL, serving as President, Registrar and Score Reporter. He took a couple of years off from coaching, but returned when he saw that Briarcliff’s high school age boys team needed serious help. He coached the high school boys for 7 years even though his son was only on this team for two of those seasons. During this time Doug volunteered to serve on the WYSL Board, and he has worked his way to becoming Chairman of the Arbitration and Risk Management Committees. In these capacities, Doug has become widely respected for his diligence and fairness in dealing with the cases brought before him. With the inspiration initially provided by Doug, the Briarcliff club has grown to more than a dozen teams. His son is now 24, and Doug is still actively involved.
Sid was sent to the US in 1982 for a 3-year stint with his company, and is still here 28 years later! About 2 months after his arrival in Larchmont, at a neighborhood party the then-registrar of LJSL picked up his English accent and invited him to "get involved in Larchmont Soccer". A certified referee but not a coach in England, he coached 7th/8th grade Rec teams in his first two fall seasons. He was then invited to coach a new U9 Boys travel team - and the rest is history! Three different boys teams, then a switch to girls, now with his third girls team. In addition, he has coached the Junior Varsity Girls at Mamaroneck HS for the last 8 seasons.
Under Tom Munno’s presidency in the 90s, Sid was Head Referee for the club, and he initiated its 2nd grade program. In 2001 he succeeded Tom as president, and has now served 8 years. During this period LJSL has thrived, and it is one of the largest clubs in Westchester despite Larchmont’s relatively small population. In recent years, he has worked with the Village of Larchmont Mayor and Trustees to support the fundraising and building of the Alma Turf Field in Flint Park, as well as the ongoing renovation of grass fields. Under his leadership, the LJSL is the largest donor to the Fields for Kids fundraising effort to bring a new synthetic turf surface to the Mamaroneck High School Memorial Field - a project that has been talked about for over 5 years! But most of all, Sid just loves being out there on the field with the kids - working to help them not only to become good soccer players, but also quality young citizens. Like everyone else, Sid loves to win, but more important to him is watching the kids develop and having a fun time doing it.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2008
Patti and Frank Adimari
As parents of four daughters who all played soccer in Rye, the Adimaris were destined to spending a huge amount of time on the soccer fields. They were not, however, content to be mere spectators at their daughters’ games. Frank coached all four girls at varying points of time over a 15 year period from 1989 to 2004, and he joined the Board of the Rye Youth Soccer Club in 1992. During his 15 years of serving on this Board, he has volunteered to be Vice President, President and is now Treasurer. He was elected to serve on the WYSL Board where he played an important role on the Sportsmanship, Appeals and other Committees. He now serves as a WYSL Trustee Emeritus, provided guidance and support to his younger colleagues.
Patti volunteered to help Frank by becoming Rye’s Travel Registrar in 1996, and also becoming Rye’s recreational Intramurual Registrar in 1998. The Rye soccer program is one of the largest in Westchester, averaging over 1,500 recreation and travel players each year. During the past 12 years, Patti has registered more than 15,000 children in Rye’s Programs. She pioneered on-line registration for the Rye Recreation Program creating her own system which pre-dated the League Sports Services program that has been adopted by all WYSL clubs. Her experience with on-line registration allowed her to make Rye one of the first clubs to adopt the LSS system, and she provided valuable insights in fine tuning this system before it was rolled out and made manditory for the other WYSL clubs.
Both Patti and Frank feel privileged to have witnessed the massive growth of soccer in Westchester County over the past 20 years. The Rye Youth Soccer Club and the WYSL feel privileged that they provided so many years of service to help to make that growth possible.
Larry Bell started as a soccer coach for his two daughters in the Scarsdale Recreation League and for a Scarsdale travel team. He joined the Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club Board, and served as Vice President and President. He initiated and organized an experimental 7v7 soccer “league” for second graders in 1993, which was so successful that it was adopted by the Scarsdale Recreation League next season, two years before the USYSA adopted its 8v8 small sided program. One of his objectives was to formalize Club policies and procedures. He wrote the Club’s By-Laws and Handbook that codified its governance, goals and operations. These have served as a model for numerous other WYSL clubs. He put his professional legal skills to work and incorporated the Club as a non-profit organization and obtained tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3). Larry also designed the SYSC’s formal tryout process, initiated in-house soccer camps, centralized indoor training, developed the teaching curricula, hired a Director of Coaching and created written coaches evaluations, a code of ethics and a grievance procedure. During his service to the Scarsdale Club, it became one of the largest in the WYSL.
Elected to the WYSL Board in 1996, Larry participated in the establishment of the WYSL’s scheduling templates and drafted the League’s By-Laws. He also created the WYSL’s Rules and Regulations. Long after his own children went off to college, Larry continued to actively volunteer his time as Chairman of the Rules Committee and the Office Committee, member of the Appeals Committee, in the design and implementation of the WYSL web site and on legal matters affecting the League.
Barry Salter started in New Rochelle where he coached two girls’ teams and managed one boys’ team. He was asked to serve as a Trustee of the Intramural Program, as Treasurer for both the Intramural and Travel Programs, then as President of the Intramural Program and Treasurer and Vice President of the Travel Program. He was literally on the soccer field six or seven days a week while running his own business. During his tenure the New Rochelle Soccer Club had one of the most successful Intramural programs in the state.
Barry was elected to serve as a Trustee for the Westchester Youth Soccer League, and he subsequently became the WYSL’s Treasurer. In 1995 he was elected to serve as the WYSL President, a position he held for the next 9 years. During his Presidency, the WYSL tripled in size, and expanded many of its most successful programs including the coach certification, referee recruiting and league select programs. His success with the WYSL lead to his being elected to serve as a Trustee and an Officer of Eastern New York Youth Soccer. At ENYYSA, he served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and the Premier League Committee. In his latter role, he created and successfully ran the ENY Premier League since its inception, and also became involved with the Northeast Premier League and the Region One Premier League. He was elected President of ENYYSA in 2006, and reelected in 2008, were he serves as the leader for a state organization with 135,000 kids playing soccer.
Class of 2007- Hall of Fame
Richard began as a recreation coach in New Rochelle, and he subsequently coached a travel team in the WYSL. His travel team regularly won its own age group, and moved up and played against older teams. He was elected a Board Member of the New Rochelle Club, and a delegate to and Board Member of the WYSL. At the WYSL he was responsible for the registration of teams and the scheduling of all games, which was done by hand in the days before computers.
Richard subsequently became the League’s delegate to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. After several years on the ENYYSA Board, he became the Administrator for the Olympic Development Program, where he was responsible for the selection of coaches and players from all the leagues in ENYYSA.
Bruce was a soccer player in New York City when he was growing up, and was a star when he played for Stuyvesant High School, City College of New York and Blue Star in the Cosmopolitan League. He became involved with the WYSL when he moved to Edgemont in 1978, where he contacted the soccer coach and athletic director at Edgemont High School, Jim San Marcos, and asked how he could help. Jim steered Bruce towards refereeing, and the rest is history.
Since 1978, Bruce Nagler has served as a referee, and as a referee mentor, assessor and instructor. He has served at over 2,000 youth, high school, college and professional games. In 1987 he was selected to serve in Brazil at the first “Pele International Soccer Tournament”. Beginning in 1979 he was asked to help teach the Laws of the Game to new coaches attending the WYSL coaching course, and has taught this course every year from 1979 to the present. It is estimated that more than 4,000 WYSL coaches have attended this course and learned from Bruce over the past 28 years.
Carmine was the founder of the Eastchester Youth Soccer Association and was an officer of the WYSL in its formative years. In 1976 Carmine had the vision to bring soccer to the Town of Eastchester, and due to his untiring efforts and leadership the EYSA began playing youth soccer in 1977. The following spring, Carmine entered six teams of older players in the WYSL, and he became a Vice President of the WYSL and served on the Board during its early years.
Since then, Carmine has spent over 30 years guiding the EYSA, as both its President and later as a Lifetime Member of its Board. He has been its chief fundraiser and has served as the chair of the Nominating Committee, ensuring that the club has had the financial and human resources to meet the growing needs of youth soccer in Eastchester. In the early 1980s, Carmine helped build FC Westchester, and in 1986 he was the host and chaperone of an FC Westchester trip to his native Italy, serving as a leader and interpreter. This was the first time a youth team from the Westchester area beat European teams in competition, by registering victories over teams from Italy and England.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2006
Charles “Chuck” Blazer- Chuck started in the New Rochelle Soccer Club coaching his eight-year-old son. He subsequently was elected New Rochelle’s Vice President, and then was elected to the Board and became the Vice President for Westchester Youth Soccer League. Within WYSL he administered the Select Team Program. He represented the League as the first President of Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) where he ran the Olympic Development Program.
Chuck became involved the Region and was one of the early members of the United States Soccer Federation. But Chuck did stop there. He is currently the Secretary General of CONCACAF, the regional governing body of FIFA covering North American, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the 1st Vice-President of FIFA, the World Governing Body of Soccer.
Albino Guimaraes- In 1957 Albino was one of the founding fathers that helped form the Mamaroneck Soccer Club, which was an adult-only club at that time, and played on one of its team for 28 years. Albino became its president and then president of the adult league known as the Eastern District Soccer League. He has been the vice-president of ENYSASA for the past 20 years.
Albino was also involved in the formation of the The Mamaroneck Junior Soccer Club, which was set up to provide soccer opportunities for Mamaroneck youth. The Mamaroneck Junior Soccer Club, under the guidance and tutelage of Mr. Guimaraes, took part in the original formation of the Westchester Youth Soccer League, which took place in the late 1970s. He holds a USSF D coaching license and has been a high school soccer official as well as a referee assessor for ENYSASA. He is a member of the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.
Elizabeth “Biffy” Halliday – Biffy served as the Larchmont Junior Soccer League’s Registrar from 1979 until 2002 – with a brief respite for a couple of years. As the mother of five, three of whom played in the LJSL, she felt she could contribute her administrative skills, and added the duties of WYSL registrar from 1980-1982. At that time the Travel League played only in the spring season, so the work load was manageable for a volunteer. She also assigned Referees and received the game scores from the coaches and referees during a portion of that period.
When WYSL continued to grow, it added a Fall Travel Season, took in more teams and Clubs, to the point where it needed an office and paid personnel. Realizing that the new Soccer League Registrar needed support and assistance, Biffy helped by creating and maintaining the WYSL computer database of players and coaches from 1995 to 2003. Her assistance was critical to helping the WYSL transition from a purely volunteer organization to a more professionally managed organization that now serves over 12,000 kids.
Sue Magnotta - Sue began her soccer career by being called upon to help count money from the White Plain Youth Soccer Association travel league fundraiser in 1985. This was the humble beginning of a long soccer career which eventually led to her becoming Registrar, Treasurer and then President of the White Plains Club in 1989.
In her spare time, after receiving her coaching license, she coached the girls 1979 team for several years, and was subsequently managed the Girls U-19 team which played in the East Hudson League. During her tenure as President, Sue re-wrote the bylaws for club, and was involved in the preparation of the Journal and securing Sponsor’s ads to help defray registration costs for players requiring financial assistance. After a brief retirement, call was called back to again take over as President from 1992 to 1996, even though her children were long gone from the program. She continued to coach a team at White Plains High School for several years, and served as a Board Member of the WYSL.
Marianne Mileno – Marianne became involved in Pelham Youth Soccer in 1984, but thanks to Al Pastore, the then president of Pelham Travel Soccer, she became more involved. Al was moving out of town, so he appointed Marianne to be his successor. The next season, Al volunteered her again, this time to take the WYSL volunteer Registrar position from John and Nancy Steger of Scarsdale Youth Soccer. She stayed in that position for about 7 years - her registrar’s office was her dining room table and her living room was the League’s waiting room. She often had coaches waiting at her front door on a Saturday night before Sunday’s games, begging for that one last card. She rarely (if ever) said no...couldn’t do it to the kids. She took the cards, typewriter (no computers back then)and laminating machine away on summer vacation with her.
Marianne was among those volunteers looking to expand WYSL. She was a formidable and respected presence and could hold her own, and then some, with the best of them. At the games she was often consulted by the referees to settle disputes. One of her claim to fames is her participation in the promotion and growth of the girls teams in the League. She says she learned and grew plenty during her tour of duty, that It was fun, and that she would do it again, citing, “What a great group of people to work with!”
Al Pastore - Al started as an Administrator in the Pelham Recreational Soccer Program, and began helping the WYSL as league scheduler when Pelham placed travel teams into the WYSL. Soon after, he was appointed WYSL President. Little did Al know how his life would change forever, as "I became an obsessed, addicted soccer junkeie for turned out to be the next 26 years of my life."
Al served as WYSL President for 8 years, and was responsible for creating soccer working committees throughout Westchester, establishing a working relationship with the Referee Association and establishing coach education programs. During his tenure, the WYSL doubled in number of travel teams, and created the League Select Program. Al was elected to serve on the ENYYSA Board for 6 years, and was a Vice President. He was a pioneer in the formation of the Region 1 Premier League, which was the first of its kind in the US. Al also forned the FC Westchester Club, and was its President for many years.
John Steger - John started as a recreation soccer coach in Scarsdale, and became involved in the forerunner to the WYSL in 1978/79, where he coached both Scarsdale boys and girls travel teams for the Scarsdale Youth Soccer Association. He was subsequently selected to coach the girls WYSL select team for four years. For several years both he and his wife served as Scarsdale Youth Soccer’s President and Registrar respectively.
John also served on the WYSL board for a number of years and then began his next soccer career as a referee, which he continued to pursue for a decade. Being a natural leader, John was elected the Westchester Soccer Referees Association’s President for five years. The WYSL and several generations of kids benefited from John’s contributions as a Coach, Referee, Board Member, and Administrator.
Joram Warmund - Joram began his involvement in the New Rochelle Youth Soccer Club when his son started playing travel, and he stayed involved in as a Vice-President of the Travel division long past his son’s high school graduation, coaching many New Rochelle players/teams over the years.
Joram was elected to the Board of the Westchester Youth Soccer League and served as League Vice President. As a member of the Board of Directors, he chaired several committees, including the Rules and Disciplinary Committees. Never one to fade in the background, he led many a lively discussion, and made numerous invaluable contributions to WYSL.
Hall of Fame - Class of 2005
Tom Munno - Tom Munno has been a pioneer for youth soccer in Westchester County. He began coaching in the Larchmont Recreational Soccer Program in 1981 when his son began to play. As his children progressed in soccer, Tom progressed as well and he became a Larchmont travel soccer coach in 1984 and continued to coach through 2002. Tom is one of those volunteers who offers to get involved in soccer at all levels, and he also became the Larchmont Travel Commissioner and joined the WYSL Board of Directors in 1984.
Because of his contributions as a Board Member, the WYSL elected Tom as President in 1986, and he continued to serve in this capacity for 8 years through 1994. Since Tom had boundless energy for serving the youth soccer community, he also served as the President of the Larchmont Junior Soccer League for 14 years from 1987- 2001. Not one to entirely retire from youth soccer, Tom has continued to participate as a Referee at WYSL soccer games and as a coach for first and second graders in the Larchmont Junior Soccer program.
Tom Rabstenek - Tom Rabstenek was a pioneer for youth soccer in Manhattan. Tom was one of the founders of the West Side Soccer League. From its humble beginnings with his original team, he helped build the West Side Soccer League into a recreational program that has provided the opportunity for thousands of Manhattan kids to play soccer. From there he broadened the opportunities for these kids by creating the Manhattan Soccer Club and affiliated this club with the Westchester League, an affiliation which improved soccer for thousands of Westchester as well as Manhattan players.
Never one to settle for something that was only good, Tom volunteered his time to make organizations great. As a Board member he brought the qualities of compassion, fairness and discipline to the organization. He was a magnet for people of good character, he attracted and surrounded himself with other great volunteers both within the Manhattan Soccer Club and the Westchester Youth Soccer League. Many of the best practices of the WYSL were created or fine-tuned by Tom in his capacity as League First Vice President and Chairman or member of the Arbitration, Seedings and Sportsmanship Committees.