Stony Brook SC's Titus Honored as Italian-American Woman of the Year
January 26, 2015 | by Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
As a player, a volunteer, and an administrator, Setauket’s Gina Titus has been a tremendous proponent and advocate for youth soccer on Long Island for more than three decades. So it was only fitting when she was honored this weekend as the 2015 Italian-American Woman of the Year by the Italian-American Soccer League of New York in a ceremony at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Titus’ maiden name is Mincone, and her father’s family hails from the small town of Orsogna. Her mother’s family, the Fazzolari’s, are from Calabria.
Married with three children, Gina started playing in a recreational women’s league in Setauket, Long Island, where she still lives. At that time, she helped organize skill clinics for female parent/coaches to learn the sport and build a community team. As coach for 12 years to her daughters’ intramural and travel team, the Stony Brook Panthers, Gina became involved in the Stony Brook Soccer Club of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). In 2001, she became tournament director of the inaugural Long Island Soccer Shoot-Out, a youth tournament created in partnership with the Sachem Youth Soccer League, and continued in this role until 2014. Gina assisted at Ward Melville High School as a girl’s assistant coach from 1996 to 1998 and has been the Stony Brook women’s club teams schedule coordinator for 14 years. She has also served on the Stony Brook Board of Directors since 2001.
Two decades ago, Gina received a call from then LIJSL President Peter Collins looking for new volunteers. She has answered the call several times over, serving at different times as a division supervisor, LIJSL Convention Chairperson, and later committee volunteer. She started an annual cleat drive during the LIJSL Convention and arranged for the distribution of the donated items to children around the world. Organizations such as Save the Children, Kick for Nick, and Eurosport have all benefited from Gina’s efforts over the years.
In addition to soccer, this Renaissance Woman and her husband own a printing company in Huntington. She also writes poetry, recently wrote a family musical, and is having some music she wrote produced this winter. Congratulations to Gina, the Italian-American Woman of the Year!