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Past President John Friedrichs to be Inducted in LIJSL Hall of Fame

John Friedrichs, past NY Metro ISOA president will be inducted into the Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame on March 5 at the Huntington Hilton in a ceremony taking place during the LIJSL Convention. The official press release from LIJSL follows. Read the rest of this entry »

Randy Vogt featured in the NY Times Sports Section

George Vecsey writes a nice article about Randy Vogt even though it has nothing to do with his soccer officiating prowess.

Sports of The Times – Grandpa Loved Horses, or How a Filly Got Her Name –

2009 Chapter Award Winners

Referee Award WinnersSince 1964, the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) has been providing the officials for college and junior college games in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. This year’s four referee award winners were honored at the NYMISOA Dinner on November 16, 2009 at The Sterling in Bethpage. The awards were selected by balloting from the general membership.

Lou Minutoli received the NYMISOA Service Award. Lou has served on the NYMISOA Board of Directors for nearly a decade and also schedules referees as the assignor for the vast number of ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) games in the New York City metro area. “Lou has done an excellent job and handles his challenging role as an assignor with grace,” commented NYMISOA Executive Vice President Steve Lewin.

Paul Yonick, in his second year in the chapter, was voted as the NYMISOA New Official of the Year. Rich Gramolini, also in just his second year in the chapter, was selected by his peers as the NYMISOA Assistant Referee of the Year.

Minutoli, Yonick and Gramolini all serve as New York City firemen. “Both Paul and Rich are officials who have done a great job,” Minutoli said. “I am also proud that they are New York City firemen.”

The Official of the Year is not a fireman but his “real job” is in the elevator business. Lee Suckle was selected as the top official. “You look forward to officiating with Lee. He is immaculately prepared for each game and does a wonderful job,” commented NYMISOA President John Puglisi.

2009 Chapter Awards

The Chapter Executive Board is soliciting input from the membership for the 2009 chapter awards. The chapter recognizes members for excellence on and off the field. The chapter also recognizes local colleges and universities for outstanding sportsmanship during the season. Please download the awards input form (PDF format) and follow the directions printed on it.

Please take a minute and RSVP for the Annual Awards Dinner as well.

Congratulations to Klaus Mueller, NISOA National Assessor

Klaus MuellerCongratulations to our newest NISOA National Assessor, Klaus Mueller. Klaus joins Jack D’Aquila and Reinaldo Palencia as our chapter National Assessors.

Klaus is also the State Director of Assessment for Eastern New York (USSF).

Steve Meyers Appointed to the Chapter Executive Board

Steve MeyersSteve Meyers has accepted an appointment as a Director on the chapter executive board. Steve is currently the president of the Westchester Soccer Refeees Organization and will help us to expand our recruiting efforts.

We are grateful to Steve for accepting this appointment and unselfishly giving his time to serve the chapter membership.

Dr. Allen Feld

Allen FeldIt is with great sadness and regret that we learned of the passing of Allen “Doc” Feld on April 21, 2009 in Laguna Hils, California. Doc Feld was the long time secretary-treasurer of our chapter, chapter assignor and member of the NISOA Hall of Fame (inducted in 1993). We do not have any additional details regarding planned memorials but our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Doc’s family and friends, specifically Ms. Mary Randolph of Orange, California.