Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced Thursday that Marty DiCola has been elected to the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.

The current plan is to have the ceremony in November, subject to change because of COVID-19 protocols.

DiCola has been involved with the sport since 1988 when his son Joe tried out for a recreational team in the town of Cortlandt. His coach, Roger Arnold, was a friend and teacher in the district. Arnold asked DiCola to be his assistant coach.

The Cortlandt Soccer Club was founded in 1993 and DiCola was its president from 1995 to 2021. As this organization fielded its final travel team, the Cortlandt Soccer Club is still making a difference by donating to the scholarship programs of its league, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League, and starting a scholarship for the referee org that serves it, the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association and the ENYYSA’s Olympic Development Program.

Children in Cortlandt can continue to play for the Town of Cortlandt Soccer Program, organized by the town’s recreation program.

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Marty DiCola (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

DiCola served as a referee from 1994 to 2007, retiring as a State Referee. A Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. resident, DiCola is best known as a coach. He served as a youth coach for the Cortlandt Soccer Club and had two tours of duty with ODP from 2000-10 and from 2016-19.

“I found myself constantly learning as much as I could about the game. I began playing every Thursday night and Sunday morning as well as becoming a successful referee,” DiCola said in a statement. “I have attended U.S. Soccer’s B, C, D, E and F license programs over the many years I have been involved. This journey in soccer has given me a very satisfied feeling that I have given back to the youth soccer community over the years. I still have contact with many of the players who played for me, now many are adults with children of their own.”

DiCola recently was honored as the 2021 Eastern New York girls competitive coach of the year.

He has owned Peekskill Paint & Hardware in Peekskill, N.Y. for 43 years with his brother Jerry. DiCola also has owned Peekskill Power and Repair Services since 2015, as he repairs gasoline power equipment.