By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 9, 2021 – The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that David Phaff of Middle Country Children’s Soccer in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) is being honored as our TOPSoccer Coach of the Year.
Coach Dave gained experience with the Commack TOPSoccer Program and recently started Middle Country’s TOPSoccer Program.
His leadership is on display weekly as he mentors Middle Country’s teenage volunteers to make the experience enjoyable for all parties involved.
To help further the program, Dave has used contacts he has developed in central Suffolk County to market it and this season, there is another increase in participants. He, alongside his wife Tara, have contacted families of players and encouraged them to spread the word to other groups about TOPSoccer and all the benefits of the program. He has worked with the Town of Brookhaven Disability Task Force and was recognized by councilman Kevin LaValle of District 3 for starting this program.
Dave and Tara have even brought their daughter’s Girl Scout troop to offer snacks to all TOPSoccer players. His enthusiasm hasn’t only been infectious to his family but to everyone he discusses the program with. Middle Country has many returning volunteer Buddies due to his appreciation of these teenagers sacrificing their time to be Buddies.
Additionally, Dave has been involved as a trainer as well as a volunteer coach within Middle Country.
Congrats to Dave Phaff, our 2021 TOPSoccer Coach of the Year.