Barry Salter was elected as a Life Member of Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association at the organization’s Annual General Meeting last month.
This is ENYYSA’s version of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The selection was unanimous.
Salter started his youth soccer volunteering in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he coached two girls teams and managed one boys squad. He moved up the ladder as he was asked to serve as a trustee of the intramural program, as treasurer for the intramural and travel programs, then as president of the intramural program and as treasurer and vice president of the travel program.
He was literally on the soccer field six or seven days a week while running his own business. During his tenure, the New Rochelle Soccer Club had one of the most successful intramural programs in ENYYSA.
Salter was elected to serve as a trustee for the Westchester Youth Soccer League and eventually became the league’s treasurer.
In 1995, he was elected WYSL president, a position he held for nine years. During Salter’s presidency, the WYSL tripled in size and expanded many of its programs, including coaching certification, referee recruiting and league select programs. His success with the WYSL led to him being elected to serve as an ENYYSA trustee.
At ENYYSA, Salter served as chairperson of the rules committee and the Premier League committee. In this latter role, he created and ran the ENY Premier League in its early days and became involved with the Northeast Premier League and the Region One Premier League. Salter was elected ENYYSA president and is best remembered as the leader whose skills and guidance kept the association out of bankruptcy.
The Girls Under-14 State Open Cup is named the Barry Salter Cup.