"Of the Year" Awards Chairperson Randy Vogt, Girls Travel Coach of the Year Carie Koehler, ENYYSA President Richard Christiano
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
December 16, 2019-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Carie Koehler has been selected as our Girls Travel Coach of the Year. She was nominated by East Fishkill Soccer Club President Brian Horos and was honored at the Eastern New York Holiday Party on December 7 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Carie has been a major advocate for the girls soccer program in East Fishkill. Besides coaching multiple travel and recreational teams, she also serves as the Co-Travel Director for the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) club. While she also is an assistant coach for a boys team, the girls program holds a special place in Carie’s heart.
Being a former Division 1 player at Marist, Carie talks to her players from experience and it’s always about developing great people and players, not wins and losses.
A couple of years ago, there was a little girl who was very sick so Carie’s team dedicated their season to the girl and had shirts made up in her honor. They recruited other EHYSL squads to become involved and even had additional events to raise money. In the end, they raised a significant mount of money for the girl's family.
The Fishkill resident was able to get her teams involved that produced a SRO crowd for the local high school’s Pink-Out Game for breast cancer awareness. Carie also started a Girls Night Out event for younger players of the East Fishkill club. It was free, over 100 participated and almost $500 was raised to benefit the Sparrows Nest charity that provides meals to children with cancer and their caregivers.
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.