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Staten Island’s Richard Nellis Honored as Personality of the Month in Eastern New York

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association 

November 1, 2019-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that longtime Staten Island Youth Soccer League (SIYSL) volunteer Richard Nellis has been selected as our Personality of the Month for November.

Richie is also associated with the sport of basketball as he's Director of the Production Management and Business Operations Department for the National Basketball Association, handling the logistics and budgets for six content production units within the company. He manages just over $20 million worth of facility operations as well as live event and video production budgets.

He came to soccer after basketball as he has coached hoops for the past 33 years, including coaching stints with the Wagner College women, Concordia College men and St. Peter’s College men. He is currently coaching CYO Basketball at St. Teresa.

”I began in soccer 15 years ago when I started coaching my second son Daniel's soccer team,” Richie explained. ”I was given the same line so many other parents are ‘I've asked everyone else so if you don't coach the team, we will have to fold the team.’ ”

Richie stepped up and soccer on Staten Island is so much better for it. It was a quick move up the SIYSL volunteer ladder to Director of the Petrides Soccer Club two years later, then to the Vice Presidency of the SIYSL.

The Stapleton resident continued, ”I changed clubs and became an Assistant Director of St. Teresa Soccer Club and still currently hold that role. I’ve been coaching travel soccer in the Staten Island Soccer Club for the past four years and still coaching recreational soccer at St. Teresa even though my children have aged out.”  

Richie’s oldest son, Richard, did not play soccer but his daughter Kaitlyn is the starting goalkeeper and captain at Port Richmond High School. He has been married to Joann for the past 27 years.
”Richie is one of the backbones of the league who will get involved wherever we need him,” SIYSL President Bill Smith stated. ”Just some of his tasks are tournament director and scheduling plus he helps with all the registration for our High School League, Come Back League, Pee Wees and our festival play. One of Richie's big jobs is organizing the Annual Hall of Fame Dinner in January that he does from the script to the slide show.”

Richie runs the Winter Classic and March Madness indoor tournaments and founded the Ocean Breeze Beach Tournament, which is Staten Island’s first sand soccer tourney. He has been a ref with the Staten Island Soccer Referees Association (SISRA) since 2014.

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 nine 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 on to, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.