Written by Randy Vogt Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00Nearly 100 intercollegiate soccer officials from the five boroughs of New York City plus the suburbs of Long Island and Westchester officiate in the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA). Every year, these officials vote on which coaches have displayed the highest amount of sportsmanship during the college and junior college season. Congratulations to Zef Kabashi as the Carle Place resident became the first coach to receive the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award with two different college programs. He won coaching the Hostos Community College men in 2007 and after resurrecting the Queensborough Community College men’s soccer program this year. Proving that nice guys can finish first, Queensborough won the CUNY Athletic Conference this year.
Zef was honored at the NYMISOA Awards Dinner on Nov. 14 at the Sterling in Bethpage.
“I have refereed a game that Zef coached as well as a senior game in which he played and I see why our referees consistently vote for Zef for sportsmanship as he brings a positive attitude to the game,” commented NYMISOA Vice President Randy Vogt. “While he is leading his team, Zef simply lets the officials officiate the match without complaints.”
In the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), Zef is a popular coach with the Boys-Under-17 Olympic Development Program South team as well as the Boys-Under-18 Downtown United team that plays in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League.
Especially on this Thanksgiving week, ENYYSA is very thankful to coaches such as Zef for all they do to develop soccer skills and instill character in their players.
With 120,000 youth soccer players and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.