December 13, 2016
FINDING DESERVED FAME
BAYSL's Montoya inducted into ENY Hall
Luis Montoya has been inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the holiday party of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Associaton at Marina del Rey in the Bronx Dec. 4.
He founded the Big Apple Youth Soccer League in 1997 to serve the Latino community in New York City and is the only president that the BAYSL has known in its 20 years. Sixty-two boys teams and seven girls squads from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx play in the league.
Montoya has served as a member of the Diversity Committee for U.S. Soccer under three presidents –– Alan Rothenberg, Dr. Bob Contiguglia and Sunil Gulati. He is a native of Lima, Peru who immigrated to the United States in 1970.
The Astoria, Queens resident has had two tours of duty as trustee of ENYYSA, most recently the last three years.
With Eastern New York, Montoya chairs the soccer start/inner city committee and also is a member on the appeals, tournament control and publicity committees.
Montoya also has volunteered as games chairperson for the Hellenic-American Soccer League and was on its board of directors for seven years as well as serving as trustee for a few years in the NYSASA. He has organized numerous “C,” “D,” “E” and “F” courses, mostly in Spanish, reaching a demographic of coaches who otherwise would not have received the benefit of Eastern New York's support.
Montoya has five adult children. His sons Oschta and Paschco were given Peruvian Indian names and live in Florida. Paschco also plays soccer in the Sunshine State. Luis’ daughter Monica also lives there, while his other daughters, Carrine and Katie, live on Long Island. Carrine’s children, Michael and Madison, play for Oceanside United of the Long Island Junior Soccer League.