Five Notable Interviews In 2018

St. John's, soccer, Ian Stone, interviews
St. John's women's soccer coach Ian Stone.

Throughout the year, covering the Long Island soccer community for provided an opportunity to speak with those who are still involved in the beautiful game locally, and others who are native to the region but have taken their game to other parts of the country.

We love speaking to everyone but below are five notable interviews from in 2018.

• Ian Stone celebrates 25 years at St. John’s. In an era when the coaching positions for many teams is a revolving door, stability has been the word in Queens for the Red Storm’s women’s soccer team. During an August interview with, Stone shared his thoughts on his quarter-century at St. John’s, the growth on the women’s game and what his future holds. Read the full story.

Menges, NWSL, interviews
Emily Menges

• Emily Menges grew up in Garden City but plays far from home. One of the top defenders in the NWSL, the Portland Thorns star in December hosted a one-day clinic with proceeds going to the I’m Not Done Yet foundation, an organization started after her brother, Bobby, lost his long battle with cancer in 2017. Emily’s mother, Liz, spoke with about the clinic and also the research being support by I’m Not Done Yet. Read the full story.

• After 10 years at the University of Connecticut, Huntington native Margaret Rodriguez (nee Tietjen) was named Huskies head coach. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Rodriguez spoke with about her new position, her time in Storrs and recalled her playing days back on Long Island. Read the full story.

Erin Gilroy, interviews
Erin Gilroy

• Bellmore’s Erin Gilroy spent part of her summer in France as a member of the United States Women’s U-20 World Cup Team. Prior to heading across the Atlantic Ocean in late July, Gilroy spoke with about making the U-20, her college playing days at the University of Tennessee and a possible future with the senior national team. Read the full story.

• Shea Connors took a major step in 2018. The St. John’s University graduate, Connors signed her first professional contract with Iceland’s Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur. In an interview in the spring with, Connors talked about turning pro and reflected on her time in Queens as a member of the Red Storm. Read the full story.