LIJSL Hall of Famer Scafuri Named New Chairperson for State Cup
October 21, 2014 | by Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Famer, and longtime league volunteer Beth Scafuri has been named the new chairperson of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s State Cup competition. Beth takes over the reins from Barbara Rodriguez, an Eastern New York Hall of Famer, who volunteered as State Cup Chairperson for an amazing 23 years and retired this year. Beth was a member of the State Cup Committee for the past five years and learned the subtleties of organizing the State Cup from Barbara.
“I wish Beth nothing but the best as she takes over organizing the State Cup,” Rodriguez commented.
The State Cup is made up of two competitions, the State Open Cup and Arch Capital Group Cup, and underwent a major change in Barbara’s last year at the helm as group play is now featured in the first round so teams play at least three games upon entering the competition. Beth will oversee a committee made up of Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) President Pat Ramundo, Region 1 Regional Deputy Director Burt Wilkes and two other LIJSL Hall of Famers in Frank Asselta and Gregg Knight.
Beth served as Chairperson for the LIJSL’s Exceptional Senior Games for a decade, registrar for Long Island FC, and remains an active member of the LIJSL scholarship committee. She also served as chief administrator of the LIJSL Girls Select Program while her husband Frank had the same role for the LIJSL Boys Select Program. They offered many new innovations, including the Pass-Back Program in which players had to give back to LIJSL clubs. Prior to soccer, Beth served as President of the Central Islip PTA.
The State Open Cup finals will again be played at Stringham Park in LaGrange, and the Arch Capital Group Cup finals will take place at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview in early June.