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

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

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. 

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Rye, New York 10580