From left to right, EHYSL president Jim Purdy, LaGrange Soccer Club past president Jeff Feldman and EHYSL Hall of Fame inductee Kieran McIlvenny. (Photo courtesy of EHYSL)
Four coaches were honored at the East Hudson Youth Soccer League’s annual Hall of Fame Dinner at Anthony’s Catering in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Nov. 12.
EHYSL Hall of Fame inductee – Kieran McIlvenny, LaGrange Soccer Club
McIlvenny’s involvement in youth soccer started in New York in 1986 shortly after he arrived from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since then, McIlvenny has been a club coach and director of coaching, an East Hudson Academy coach, Olympic Development Program North Girls director, high school coach of the year and high school state champion coach (Arlington H.S.) and multiple winner of the Journal News coach of the year, including for 2017. He was recently selected to coach the East team in the High School All-American game in Orlando, Fla. Dec. 2 as one of his high school players, Molly Feighan, will be on that team. He also founded the Kickin’ Back program with his wife Donna, which has sent thousands of needed items to people in Africa and most recently Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
Boys Travel Coach of the Year – Brian Horos, East Fishkill Soccer Club
Horos coaches several travel teams in his club while also serving as club president. His dedication to his players and his club was evidenced by the glowing letters of recommendation for this award.
Girls Travel Coach of the Year – Marco Lovell, Town of Poughkeepsie Soccer Club
Lovell was recognized by his team’s players and parents for his dedication to his team on and off the pitch. His care and concern for his players on the field has been exceptional. He also made a big impact off the field for his players, mentoring them academically, educationally and in life’s lessons. Lovell also was honored as the girls travel coach of the year from Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.
Administrator of the Year – Jim Bohrman, Beekman Soccer Club
In addition to coaching multiple teams in his club, Bohrman also serves as club president. His service to his club ranges from lining fields, managing programs and club activities to securing portable lights so the club was able to play “under the lights” and extend practice times. Bohrman also has been a major supporter to the EHYSL, making his clubs fields available for the East Hudson Academy Program for training sessions.