Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced Tuesday that Ken Gulmi is being honored as a Life Member.
It is the organization’s version of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The decision was made by a vote of our member leagues at the ENYYSA Annual General Meeting on Aug. 7.
“I am humbled to be one of about a half-dozen people in Eastern New York history to be included on such a short list that includes such giants of youth soccer as Peter Masotto, Peter Collins and Howard Rubenstein,” Gulmi said.
The Mahopac, N.Y. resident volunteered as East Hudson Youth Soccer League president for 22 years from 1990-2012 and was on the board of directors of the ENYYSA for more than two decades, from 1993-2018, starting as registrar and moving to numerous vice president positions. The EHYSL grew from a little over 4,000 players (80 percent boys) in three counties to nearly 19,000 players in seven counties (nearly 50/50 split between genders) during Gulmi’s 22 years in charge.
Gulmi also was a certified referee and was quite a busy youth soccer coach, leading his teams to over 80 tournament titles, indoors and outdoors. Gulmi started as an intramural coach in 1983, moved to travel teams in 1985 and coached until his retirement in 2016.
He coached the Mahopac Hurricanes for 11 years, the Mahopac Indians and Mahopac Spirit girls for a combined five years as well as a Mahopac intramural team, the Golden Eagles, for six years. His coaching career ended with 17 years spent coaching three boys teams––the Mahopac Knights for seven years, the Somers Knights for one year and the Yorktown Knights for nine.
In 2016, when the Knights players had aged out of youth soccer, they moved on to compete in the Under-23 division of the Greater Hudson Valley Soccer League. Those players agreed on the name FC Knights and on two uniforms – one light blue, one in purple with Gulmi’s face on the front of the jersey as a tribute to their longtime coach.