Written by Randy Vogt Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00
The Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association congratulate soccer lifer Hank Steinbrecher upon his induction into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. Hank received Eastern New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty Hall of Fame trophy near Miss Liberty as the ceremony took place during a Cruise Around Manhattan on July 13 to celebrate Eastern New York’s 100th anniversary. Eastern New York was founded in 1913, the same year that the United States Soccer Federation, now commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, was founded.
Steinbrecher was born in Queens and grew up in Levittown. He played youth soccer as a teenager in the early 1960s before the creation of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL).
“So I went to Hicksville’s Long Island Railroad station and took a train to Jamaica and then made a connection to a subway or bus to get to a soccer field in Queens or Brooklyn,” Steinbrecher said. “That’s what it took for me to get a game back then.”
He wound up playing for the Kollsman Football Club and German Brooklyn Sport Club in what is now the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL).
It was then on to West Virginia where he played for Davis & Elkins, winning a NAIA national championship by defeating powerhouse Quincy College of Illinois, 2-1, in five overtime periods in the 1968 final.
Steinbrecher earned his Masters of Education degree from West Virginia University and went on to teach and coach at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian State University and Boston University. He then directed the soccer venue at Harvard University for the 1984 Olympic Games. From there, he entered the corporate world, directing sports marketing for Quaker Oats.
From 1990 until the turn of the millennium, Steinbrecher served as Secretary General of U.S. Soccer and directed unparalleled growth. As CEO for U.S. Soccer, he was responsible for all aspects of managing a large non-profit organization. During the 1990s, U.S. Soccer hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Women’s World Cup in 1999, the United States
Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and 1999 plus the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and Major League Soccer was launched that same year. It is because of visionary leaders such as Steinbrecher that getting a game was no longer difficult for any boy or girl in the United States.
Steinbrecher also took a lead role in marketing soccer to potential sponsors, helping U.S. Soccer’s corporate partners grow throughout the 1990s.
He retired from U.S. Soccer and is now the president of Touchline Consultants Inc., an international sports management company.
Besides being inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame, Steinbrecher was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, was made a lifetime member by U.S. Soccer in 2003 and has also received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s highest honor, “The Honor Award,” for his lifelong service to the game.
In his induction speech, Steinbrecher said, “I grew up in New York and the lessons I learned on the fields of the Met Oval, Eintracht Oval and Red Hook, I have carried throughout my life.”
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.
In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.
“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.
“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”
During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.
Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.
Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).