Longtime Merrick PAL Member Gets Hall of Fame Honors

From left: Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association First Vice President Albino Guimaraes, Region 1 Regional Deputy Director Burt Wilkes, 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Knight and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association President Richard Christiano.
From left: Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association First Vice President Albino Guimaraes, Region 1 Regional Deputy Director Burt Wilkes, 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Knight and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association President Richard Christiano.

A long time member of the Merrick Police Athletic League and former Long Island Junior Soccer League trustee was recently inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.

Gregg Knight received his honor December 6 at the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) holiday party at Marina del Ray in the Bronx.

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According to information from ENYYSA, Knight was an intramural coach in the Merrick Police Athletic League (PAL) from 1987 to 1994 and was a travel team coach with the Merrick Magic of LIJSL from 1994 to 2002. The Magic were a top team in New York during the 1990’s, winning Eastern New York’s State Open Cup twice, finalists two other years, and also won the Region 1 Premier League and Tampa Bay Sun Bowl.

In addition, Knight served as President of Merrick PAL for a decade, starting its Sportsmanship Program and writing a code of conduct for parents and players that still appears on all PAL applications today.

Knight was a trustee on the LIJSL Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008 and volunteered on the committees for Player Arbitration, the Waldbaum’s Challenge and the LIJSL Convention. He was inducted into the LIJSL Hall of Fame in 2014.

In addition, Knight served as ENYYSA vice president from 2002 to 2009 and continues as a member of the State Cup Committee. From 2006 to 2011, he was a member of Eastern New York’s Premier League Committee, serving as director in 2009.