Congrats, John! NISOA Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Published on September 18, 2020



Join us in congratulating John Puglisi of New York Metro as he joins our esteemed NISOA Hall of Fame as an Administrator for 2020.He has played significant roles for the organization including NISOA President, Vice President, Secretary, National Clinician, and much more!

John advanced through the ranks of refereeing youth games at Long Island Junior Soccer League and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. He became a college official and worked many NCAA tournament games including the 2003 Division Two Men’s Final Four in Virginia Beach.

Shortly thereafter he became President of the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Official Association and served in that role from 2004 until December 31st of 2018. As a National Clinician since 2009, John has done a yeoman’s job of moving our educational programs forward.

John has been instrumental in building NISOA in his various roles. He climbed the ranks from NISOA Secretary (2013), Vice President (2015), to President (2017). In his presidency he prioritized the creation of the strategic plan, upgraded and redesigned our NISOA uniforms, created the NISOA Referee of the Week Program, planned the first NISOA Summit, had the first NISOA livestreamed AGM to increase transparency, and made several critical new hires including Lance VanHaitsma, Director of Operations, Mark Cahen, Director of Video Instruction, and Rod Kenny, National Director of Assessments. Most recently, he sat on the Executive Board in the capacity of Past-President. All of this while also creating our current website in 2010 and serving as the webmaster since then building and maintaining the NISOA website.

NISOA is forever grateful for your dedication, commitment, and leadership. Join us in thanking John for his service not just to NISOA but also to our country having served in the Naval Academy. John has been an integral part of NISOA’s past, present, and future!

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