December 22, 2016
MEET THE PREZ
New Rochelle's Puglisi new head of referee organization (NISOA)
New Rochelle, N.Y.'s John Puglisi has been elected resident of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.
His term is for two years as [resident of the national organization responsible for improving the level of officiating in college soccer matches in the United States.
Puglisi has three main goals.
“Increase the diversity of the NISOA senior leadership. We need our senior leadership to better reflect the membership in gender, age, ethnicity and geographically,“ he said. “I also want to increase NISOA's presence as conference/game assignors. We realize that members want to get the best assignment that's within their capability. Assigning is an important part of meeting the membership's goals. Lastly, continue to deliver top quality education and training programs focused on intercollegiate soccer. NISOA is the only national organization in the United States dedicated to improving intercollegiate soccer officiating through education, training and certification.“
Puglisi's “real job” is associate vice president, facilities management at Fordham University since 2005.
“In the late 1970s, I remember watching delayed broadcasts of the German Bundesliga on PBS before we had cable TV,“ he said. “I was a baseball player but I became fascinated with the sport of soccer and the atmosphere at games. I first started playing soccer at Burrs Lane Junior High School in Dix Hills. I went on to play for Half Hollow Hills High School West on the Class B Long Island championship team in 1979.“
Burrs Lane would become an early part of his referee career since, while a high school student, he took a U.S. Soccer Entry Level Referee Course there taught by Jack McCabe, who was on the committee that brought the 1994 World Cup to the United States 15 years later.
“As with most younger referees, officiating was a way to earn some money," PUglisi said. "My first match was a youth game at Connetquot High School in Bohemia. I forgot to put a coin in my pocket. Got my first mistake out of the way before the match even began.“
Puglisi advanced through the ranks of the Long Island Junior Soccer League and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, became a college official and worked NCAA tournament games, including the 2003 Division II men’s Final Four in Virginia Beach, Va. He was elected [resident of the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, a position he still holds today.
Puglisi seemingly has done it all in college officiating, including being a NISOA national clinician since 2009, serving as NISOA webmaster since 2010, being elected NISOA secretary in 2013 and NISOA vice president last year, which is his current position. As vice president, he is responsible for the ethics and grievance committee, sales, welfare plus the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention.