This year’s inductees:
Bruce Mandel is the assignor for all of the WYSL games and has done an extraordinary job in getting games covered. His record is the best of any assignor we have had going back 35 years. At minimum, 95% + of the games are covered, and most weekends there is a ref assigned to each game. He is also recognize as the referee with the red curly hair.
Bruce has an impressive soccer resume, which includes regional head of AYSO in Westchester, former coach of the girls u14 travel team from Ardsley / Dobbs Ferry. He also is a high school ref and one of the most highly rated. He has been the president of the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization and is currently a Vice President of the high school ref association.
He had a long and illustrious career as one of IBM’s top sale executives before retiring to full time soccer matters.
Bruce was born and raised in Brooklyn, attending James Madison HS (where he was student body president) and graduating from Brooklyn College. Bruce and his wife Barbara had appeared in many Community Theatre productions of Broadway musicals.
Lonny Unger has been involved in soccer as a player, coach, administrator and referee.
He played locally at Byram Hills H.S. and was named the Westchester player of the year in 1976. He then went on to play collegiately at the University of Rhode Island.
He first got involved in coaching back in the early 1980s, when he coached a U18 team from Harrison during one of the first years of the WYSL.
In the mid 1990s, he returned to the WYSL as a coach in the U9 girls’ age group and coached his daughter’s team and then his son’s team in New Rochelle Youth Soccer.
During that time, he became president of the New Rochelle Youth Soccer Intramural Division from 1996 to 1997 and then president of the New Rochelle Youth Soccer Travel Division from 1997 to 2000. When his son moved to FC Westchester, he was then asked by FC Westchester founder Al Pastore to become president of that club and he has served in that role since 2001.
While in New Rochelle, then WYSL president Barry Salter recruited him to join the WYSL board and he continues as an emeritus member to this day there. For the WYSL, he re-started the Select program in approximately 1998, and he has served on the board’s Seeding, Scholarship and Arbitration Committees, among others.
He also spent about 10 years serving on the board of directors of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer, chairing the Rules Committee, Public Relations Committee and the ODP Committee.
During the past decade or so, he’s also been involved in college coaching, having served as an assistant coach at Iona College from 1998-2003, the head coach at Purchase College from 2003-2005, an assistant coach at Manhattan College from 2005-2010, and he is currently back coaching at Purchase College.
He also coaches the FC Westchester U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team and has coached in the Academy program since its inception five years ago.
He has also coached in the ENYYSA ODP program and he has been a Grade 8 USSF referee.
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