December 4, 2012
CLARKE, BAR NONE
Clarke inducted into ENY Hall of Fame
Long-time soccer coach and official Michael Clarke of Brentwood, N.Y. was inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame at Lido Restaurant on City Island on Dec. 1.
Michael Clarke (right), with LIJSL president Addie Mattei-Iaia, was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame.
Photo courtesy of ENYYSA
The Hall of Fame is a collobaration between the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association.
Clarke began his soccer career as a youth coach in the Brentwood Soccer Club in the seventies, coaching boys and girls. He served as club president and under his leadership, the club tripled in size. Clarke also served as tournament director of Brentwood’s Columbus Day Tournament played at the Pilgrim State Soccer Complex (now Brentwood State Park).
In the early eighties, Clarke became a member of the Long Island Junior Soccer League's board of directors and was inducted into the LIJSL Hall of Fame in 1994.
He was the girls coach at MacArthur High School in Levittown, N.Y. and his reputation as an ambassador of sportsmanship led the Nassau County Coaches Association to annually give the top girls player in the county the Michael Clarke MVP Award.
Clarke also has received the Marg McGory Award for his dedication to the LIJSL’s TOPSoccer Special Children Program.
There are probably not many volunteer positions in local youth soccer that Clarke has not held as he has served as LIJSL select chairperson, Chase Cup chairperson, LIJSL games supervisor, State Cup commissioner plus served on the committees for the LIJSL convention, LIJSL Hall of Fame, LIJSL scholarship program and LIJSL rules committee. He is now the director of the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, N.Y.
“When you meet Mike Clarke, you know that you have met a very special person,” LIJSL president Addie Mattei-Iaia said in her induction speech. “He’s in youth soccer for all the right reasons!”