Local College Soccer Coaches and Referees Are Honored

by Randy Vogt, member of the NY Metro ISOA chapter and designer of the chapter logos. Randy Vogt

The New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) is made up of nearly 100 college soccer referees in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Every November, its annual Awards Dinner at The Sterling in Bethpage, Long Island honors those individuals who have particularly distinguished themselves during the college soccer season. The awards are based on voting by NYMISOA’s members.

Gary SmithThe 2010 Sportsmanship Award winners announced were Suffolk Community College women’s coach John Recine, NYU women’s coach Werner Dasbach and St. Joseph’s College men’s coach Gary Smith, who recently completed his 25th season at the helm of the Golden Eagles. Coach Smith summed up the feelings of all the Sportsmanship Award winners when he said, “I am very proud of receiving this award as I have always been concerned about acting civilly and behaving properly on the soccer field.”

Among the referee award winners, John Hieb of East Meadow received the New College Official of the Year Award and Massapequa’s David Poli was honored as the Assistant Referee of the Year. Randy Vogt of Syosset received the 25-Year Longevity Award and also received the NYMISOA Service Award. South Setauket’s Mark Passiatore was honored as both the 2010 Official of the Year as well as receiving the 30-Year Longevity Award. More photos are available on our web site.

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