Rockville Centre’s Peter Bralower started his youth soccer coaching career in 1972 while still a high school student.
Now, 45 years later, Bralower is still involved in the game as head coach of the girl’s varsity soccer team at Sacred Heart Academy, who are the defending Catholic high school state champions. The Rockville Centre resident is now being honored as the Personality of the Month for May by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).
Bralower began playing soccer at age 12 while in junior high school and he was part of the first stage of the youth soccer boom during the 1960’s. As a high school student, he began coaching in the Rockville Centre Soccer Club’s initial intramural program in 1972.
During the more than 40 years as a coach, Bralower’s most successful team was the Rockville Centre Royals girls team. The Royals won championships of summer programs of various Long Island women’s leagues for eight years from 2008 to 2015. The Rockville Centre Royals men’s team won three Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) summer titles, retiring the Paul Voss Cup in the process.
Bralower became girls varsity coach of Sacred Heart Academy in 2008 and won his first state championship in 2016 by mentoring a very young team with seven sophomores starting on the Spartans. He also serves as the girls varsity lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart.
Additionally, Bralower has served as president of the Rockville Centre Soccer Club from 1989 to 1999. During his decade in charge, he introduced a travel team mentor program, small-sided soccer for the intramural program, the Rockville Centre Travel Team Summer Camp, Kids Teaching Kids where former and current players instruct at summer camp plus the Annual Kick-Off Game for both the South Side High School boys and girls under the lights.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame in, 12 years later was honored by the dedication of the Peter Bralower Field in Rockville Centre and in 2016 was named Newsday Co-Coach of the Year.
When he’s not on the pitch, Bralower works as a special education and history teacher at Forest Hills High School in Queens.