Otto Horstmann was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame at Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s hall of fame banquet at Marina del Rey in the Bronx, N.Y. last Saturday.

The banquet celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Horstmann never played soccer as growing up in the Westerleigh section of Staten Island as most of the borough was all about baseball, basketball, stick ball and touch football before the youth soccer craze.

As an adult, Horstmann became involved with youth sports at Our Lady of Good Council (OLGC), where his children attended school. He started coaching basketball, then became involved with the OLGC Sports Association and before he knew it, he became OLGC president in 1985. About that same time, the OLGC soccer director resigned so Horstmann ended up taking over that position and attended Staten Island Youth Soccer League 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 shortly after that, SIYSL Board Member, being elected secretary starting in 1990.

Horstmann was elected, then re-elected SIYSL president spanning a decade from 1995 to 2005. As president, education was high on his agenda so in collaboration with the club directors, they came up with “seminar” items (such as offside, advantage, etc.). Once the topics were selected, Horstmann worked with Tony Limone, then president of the Staten Island Soccer Referee Association, to have game officials 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 rules seminar at the Staten Island Academy.

He worked with Nick Zlatar and they ran numerous coach licensing courses.

Horstmann was also an emergency travel team coach for Silver Lake in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League in 2006 as the coach had quit on his son’s team. He stepped up so the children could have a season. Horstmann served as president of Staten Island United for a dozen years and throughout the 1990’s. He was in the first class of inductees when the SIYSL Hall of Fame was established in 2007.

Horstmann also was honored as Eastern New York’s personality of the month in May 2016 and 2021 volunteer of the year.