Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
A Massapequa native was one of 48 former student-athletes honored in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II sports.
Long Island University Post men’s soccer alumni Brian Kilmeade, class of 1986 and one of the hosts of cable television’s Fox & Friends, was among the honorees.
Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.
Kilmeade was presented with his award live on the set of his television show on July 17.
“This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics,” said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II. “Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II’s 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they’ve gone on to live championship lives as well. This group is a true representation of Division II’s commitment to providing its student-athletes a ‘Life in the Balance’ that extends beyond athletics.”
Kilmeade exemplifies Division II’s philosophy of ‘Life in the Balance.’ A hard-working, blue-collar soccer player for LIU Post – then C.W. Post – he was, in his own words, “an average player” for the Pioneers from 1982-86; a defender, he played for an LIU Post squad that played against strong local Division I opponents including LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra for much of his career.
After graduation, Kilmeade took his passion for sports into the media world, where he found a niche. He currently serves as co-host of FOX & Friends, the number one rated morning program on cable television for the past nine years, sharing his unique perspective on the daily news while interviewing the biggest names in politics, sports and entertainment, often securing exclusive content.
Also serving as the network’s sports anchor, Kilmeade has reported on or provided live coverage of every major American sport over the last 20 years. Currently, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show on Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends.
Kilmeade has also authored two books; his first, “The Games Do Count: America’s Best & Brightest On The Power Of Sports,” was The New York Times best-seller and presents more than seventy stories straight from America’s top leaders and those who were closest to them. His second book, “It’s How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America’s Finest,” reveals personal stories of the defining sports moments in the lives of athletes, CEOs, actors, politicians, and historical figures—and how what they learned on the field prepared them to handle life and overcome adversity with courage, dignity, and sportsmanship.
A lifelong Massapequa native, Kilmeade still makes time for the sport that he played in college, serving as a youth soccer coach for his sons’ teams.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”