Otto Horstmann has worn many hats for the Staten Island Youth Soccer League. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

Otto Horstmann of the Staten Island Youth Soccer League has been named the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s 2021 volunteer of the year.

Horstmann never played soccer as a kid on Staten Island as the borough was all about baseball, basketball, stick ball and touch football before the youth soccer craze.

As an adult, he became involved with youth sports at Our Lady of Good Council, where his children went to school. Horstmann started coaching basketball, then became involved with the OLGC Sports Association and before he knew it, he was OLGC president. About the same time, the OLGC soccer director resigned so Horstmann ended up taking over that position and attended SIYSL meetings. OLGC had four travel teams with Horstmann’s children playing on three of them. Because of some parent/coach issues, one of the coaches quit and suddenly Horstmann went from soccer nothing to soccer club director and soccer coach, and then SIYSL board member.

Horstmann was elected, then re-elected SIYSL president spanning a decade from 1995-2005. As president, education was high on his agenda. In collaboration with the club directors, they came up with “seminar” items (offside, advantage, etc.). Once the topics were selected, Horstmann worked with Tony Limone, then president of the Staten Island Soccer Referee Association, to have refs conduct the seminars. The only way that each coach or assistant coach could receive their team’s schedule for the season was to attend a seminar.

Horstmann was a travel team coach for Silver Lake in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and president of Staten Island United. He was in the first class of inductees when the SIYSL Hall of Fame was established in 2007.