Piero Olcese has years of refereeing experience on the field and on the administrative level. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

Piero Olcese has been appointed Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s State Youth Referee Administrator by organization president Richard Christiano, it was announced Tuesday.

The SYRA is the leader of the thousands of youth soccer refs in Eastern New York. Olcese succeeds Lee Suckle, who was promoted to East Region Youth Referee Administrator.

“I would like to work with the State Referee Administrator, the Referee Committee members and ref associations within Eastern New York to create training and educational programs that will offer youth referees opportunities to improve their overall game management skills and allow them to advance to higher levels of refereeing,” Olcese said.

Olcese’s father Orlando was in the diplomatic corps. Olcese grew up in Lima, Peru but also lived in Rome, Guatemala City, North Carolina and New York. He played soccer for North Carolina State University and for Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. then later in the adult leagues.

He has lived in Scarsdale, N.Y. for the past 25 years and coached his children – Piero, Carlo and Angelo – in the Scarsdale Soccer Club. Piero and his wife Angela have been married for 39 years.

Olcesetook up the whistle in 1980, refereeing intermittently while concentrating on the youth level, then reffing more after he started planning for retirement from the Yonkers Police Department Emergency Services Unit in 2014. He became an assessor three years ago.

“Being an assessor has been a great learning experience and it has allowed me to help referees,” Olcese said.

The SYRA is an administrative position and Piero has referee administrative experience as he has been President of the Westchester Soccer Referees Organization for six years.