4 Referees Honored By the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association

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) serves colleges and junior colleges in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. At the NYMISOA Annual Awards Dinner at The Sterling in Bethpage on November 11, four referees were honored by their peers for their contributions to the chapter. Besides refereeing college soccer, all four also ref in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL).

2013 NY Metro ISOA Chapter Award Winners

L to R: Sima Draguca, Ivan Castillo, Robyn Crawford-Smith, Alan Wharton

Sima Draguca of Levittown was selected as the Official of the Year, receiving one of the highest vote totals ever. He had also been voted by his fellow referees as the 2011 New Official of the Year. Brooklyn’s Ivan Castillo was tabbed as the Assistant Referee of the Year. Both referee in the exact same leagues as they ref college soccer, the PSAL, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League plus the Long Island Soccer Football League and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.

Robyn Crawford-Smith of the Bronx was the landslide winner as the New Official of the Year. Robyn referees college soccer, the PSAL, the Caribbean Cup, the United Soccer Leagues, the W-League, the Women’s Premier Soccer League and the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League.

Alan Wharton of East Meadow received the Dennis Botsaris Service Award, named after the beloved NYMISOA Vice President who died of pancreatic cancer two years ago. Alan has been refereeing both college soccer and in the PSAL for an amazing 47 years.

Congratulations to all and thanks for a great season!

More photos from the Awards Dinner are available on the chapter web site.

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